Nehalem Bay Area Three Gift Fairs

LAST yEAR, three Nehalem Bay area organizations experimented with publicizing and coordinating their holiday gift fairs. It was such a success, they’re doing it again on Saturday, December 1.

Great lunches will be available. The Nehalem Methodist Church is hosting its 42nd annual Chowder and Pie Lunch. The White Clover Grange will offer locally raised sausage and sauerkraut, vegan chili, plus baked goods. The Alternative Gift Market’s several soup and bread options will benefit the North County Food Bank.

You can top off your day by attending the area’s annual holiday party at the Nehalem City Hall. Tickets are $20 each for the buffet dinner and available at Nehalem Lumber, the Pizza Garden and Mirror Images. all three bazaars will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Their locations and offerings:

wHITE CLOVER GRANGE, 36585 Hwy 53, about 2 miles east of Hwy 101, landmarked by a humorous cow sculpture, will emphasize locally produced food items including Lance’s Farm Vittles Christmas meats, Tallwoman Tonics herbals, and many varieties of jam, handcrafts, garlic braids, bird houses, plants, and crocheted items produced by Grange members as well as the Rockaway Lioness organization.

To top off the Grange bazaar, a quilt and a leg of lamb basket will be raffled. Proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the historic Grange building, keeping it available for community use.

THE ALTERNATIVE GIFT mARkET, Pine Grove Community Center, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, provides a different direction in meaningful holiday giving. Shoppers make a contribution to any of a large variety of local nonprofits or worldwide projects. They then receive a gift card (one for each donation) to give friends and loved ones to let them know a gift was made in their name to a cause that will benefit others. Local groups represented include Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, CASA, Food Roots, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, CartM, Fire Mountain School, and Rinehart Clinic.

In 2010, two-thirds of the funds raised were for local nonprofits and one-third for international projects. The Market is sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources, whose mission is to create sustainability in north Tillamook County. NEHALEm BAy uNITED mETHODIST CHuRCH, 42nd Annual Christmas Bazaar & Clam Chowder Luncheon, 10th & A Streets, Nehalem. This long-running bazaar has several traditional components including a “boutique” of hand-made gifts and crafts, Granny’s Attic rummage sale area, potted plants ready for giving, a bakery and candy table, and particularly special, a Kid’s Shopping area, where children can purchase gifts for others at very affordable prices.

All proceeds from the Methodist bazaar go to the church’s charitable work, much of which is right in Tillamook County: Healthy Families, Good News Club, and Marie Mills as well as others in this country and overseas.