Get crafty, and start holiday shopping right after Halloween

Column by John Akal
Posted 10/31/19

I frequently mention that holiday shopping experiences are starting earlier every year and the one that seems to want to be extended the most is Christmas. First there was just Christmas Day, then …

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Get crafty, and start holiday shopping right after Halloween

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I frequently mention that holiday shopping experiences are starting earlier every year and the one that seems to want to be extended the most is Christmas. First there was just Christmas Day, then sometime Christmas Eve came into the celebration, then it was the 12 days of Christmas and now it’s the two months of Christmas. I like that holiday as much as the next guy, but it’s getting harder every year to anticipate when all the Christmas events are going to get started. Blink and you might miss something you want to attend.

Well, this week’s column is going to come out on Thursday, Oct. 31. Halloween. The very next day, Friday Nov.1 is the start of the first holiday event I’ll be talking about for the season.

As any of my long time readers know, I really like shopping at holiday markets or arts and craft fairs. To me, it’s as much fun to see what someone created as it is to actually buy something. I also like giving gifts that are unique and a surprise. I don’t have any people on my list that are kids or teens that have some kind of current fad gizmo on their wish list, so I usually find the perfect gift or card at these shows. I can always be certain that they aren’t going to get the same thing from anyone else, unlike a couple of my distant relatives that buy the same gift for everybody on their list. One year three of my cousins sent me the exact same mail order fruit basket. They also sent the same thing to each other. Everybody got more pears and apples then they could consume before it all spoiled. I think I still have one of the little bottles of wine that were included. Trust me, do some of your shopping at the art markets.

OK, so on to the show. The first one on the list is the 35th Annual Craft Fair held at the Golden First United Methodist Church. It’s a two day event running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2.

I know when this fair is coming because I’ve had to cook everything in the microwave for a month since my wife is one of the exhibitors and she’s been tying up the regular oven baking her polymer clay creations. That’s a new development this year. She’s been making jewelry for years but now my house if filled with little fairy houses that look like spotted mushrooms and tree stumps. She’s very talented and creative but truth be told, I’ll be glad to say goodbye to the frozen food isle for a while. I have my reservation in to use the oven again on Thanksgiving, and on New Years Day. We can get by using just the stove for Christmas dinner.

This is a nice little fair that will give you a chance to shop with over 25 artists and vendors bringing a whole host of creations to the church’s event center. You can find wood and knit items, jewelry, holiday décor, cards, photographs as well as home made baked goods. Plus there’s always a selection of fun and humorous items for a “White Elephant Party” with friends or at the office.

It’s always a good idea to plan on being at the fair for lunch as they will be serving it from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. on both days. They have a kitchen right there and homemade style food will be prepared by women from the church. It boasts a fabulous menu with affordable prices. The highlight of that is their selection of fresh baked fruit pies. Hmmm, maybe I can sneak into their kitchen and use their oven to make my own dinner on one of those days. Nah, they’d probably frown on that idea. Thanksgiving is coming soon, I’ll wait.

The Craft Fair is held in the basement event room which has it’s entrance on the northwest side of the church. Just go down the ramp, you can’t miss it. The Golden First United Methodist Church is located at 1500 Ford Street here in Golden, but the parking lot is actually on Jackson Street at the back side of the buildings. For more information give them a call at (303) 279-7811.

That’s the first arts and crafts event of the season here in Golden. Foothills Art Center and Jeffco Fairgrounds markets are coming up, so stay tuned here for details on those shows.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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