It may not be as big, but the volunteer organizers are just happy that this favourite island event is back.
Cancelled last year because of the pandemic, the beloved CSA Christmas Craft Fair is returning to BICS on Sun. Dec. 5, 10am-3pm. However, because of ongoing restrictions, there will be a few changes.
“We like to think that the craft fair will be half full rather than half empty,” event-elf and community school coordinator Sarah Haxby says of the need to have just over 30 tables in the gym.
To compensate there will be more than half a dozen outdoors as well. There will be no indoor food services but you’ll be able to buy a wide array of artisan wares, crafts, quilts, candles, ceramics, jewelry, knitted goods, fine art, cards, t-shirts, baked goods, jams, fruit leather, pies, cakes, cookies and a selection from the Orbaek artisan butcher to take home.
Outside you’ll be able to find hot beverages to warm you up as Cocoa West is hosting an outdoor undercover area.
The CSA has hired event ambassadors to help with the Christmas Craft Fair and get everyone into the event with masks, ID and vaccination passports. It’s strongly advised that shoppers bring cash or cheques since many vendors can’t accept credit or debit. People are also encouraged to bring their own bags and patience for parking and changes to the event.
The craft fair has been an island tradition since 1984. Funds raised are re-invested in the community by the Community School Association.