It’s not even Thanksgiving yet but the holiday spirit abounds! This weekend (and next and the weekend after that) local groups and institutions offer handmade crafts and local treats — from gifts to goodies — to help you get through your holiday to-do list. (There’s even a free giveaway of something you might actually want!)
Friends School Holly Fest: This popular holiday shopping event features more than 70 regional artisans, crafters and vendors selling unique handcrafted items. Visit the Gourmet-to-Go booth to pick up homemade dishes, from pies and cakes to casseroles and more made by school parents and staff. Take little ones to the popular Elf Booth where they can make handmade ornaments and holiday gifts. Make bids at the silent auction, featuring themed gift baskets by grade, vacation get-aways, and a range of merchandise, services and gift certificate from area shops, salons and restaurants, including Paper Moon Diner and Woodberry Kitchen. Festive greens and wreaths available for order and pick-up. Yummy grilled food (veggies too!) from Milt’s Catering will be on hand to satisfy appetites while shopping. With all to be offered, you’ll love having the freedom to browse without hearing a chorus of “I’m sooo bored!” When: Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Friends School, 5114 N. Charles Street. Admission: $5. Children under 18, free. Open to the public.
St. David’s Christmas Bazaar: From old fashioned jellies, jams and pickles to beautiful sterling silver jewelry and country antiques to great toys for children, there is something for everyone at the St. David’s Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar. Shoppers will delight in the assortment of vendors at the Bazaar including Candy Point Collection Jewelry, Fran Fare handbags, Silverbird Jewelry, Paperly stationery products, McHiggins headbands and children’s clothing, Macraw & Co. fine gifts for men and Gourmet-to-Go, an array of pre-cooked, frozen meals homemade by friends of St. David’s, among others. There will also be fresh greens for sale for holiday home decorating. A Toy Shop and Santa’s Wonderland area where children can participate in crafts, games, face painting and visit with Santa Claus will also be available as well as a Food Court for hungry shoppers. When: Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. Admission: The event is free and open to the public.
Cylburn Arboretum’s Holiday Tea at the Mansion: Tour the mansion’s elegant first floor, main hallway, grand staircase and stone porches all decked with wreaths, swags and greenery from the mansion’s grounds and decorated by the District IV Federated Garden Clubs. The traditional tea, by local catering favorite Carey Talucci Catering, will feature tea-time treats such as delicate sandwiches, quiche, petite scones, skewered fruit, tea breads, an assortment of bite-sized desserts, and, of course, seasonal teas. Distinctive garden and nature-themed gifts for children and adults in the holiday boutique and a raffle including a topiary pig (decked in holiday finery!), a handmade wreath fashioned from Cylburn greens, a Pandora bracelet (with 3 beautiful beads) courtesy of Smyth Jewelers, handmade jewelry, theater tickets, a crystal vase help you take care of your holiday shopping list. Adding to the holiday spirit will be a seasonal serenade by The Gilman School’s Traveling Men, a 12-member a cappella group. When: Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Where: Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore. Admission: $40 for CAA members, $45 for non members, and $300 for table of 8. A limited number are available and reservations are required. Please call the Cylburn office by November 29 at 410-367-2217 for more information and to purchase tickets.
And if you’re traveling out of BWI for Thanksgiving, be on the lookout for…
FREE Product Giveaway: M-Edge staffers will be at BWI during the busiest travel weekend of the year handing out iPad and e-reader covers to any traveler who has a device with them and discount cards to anyone who doesn’t. Products are each valued between $30 and $50 and will be handed out – no strings attached. Why: According to publicist Caitlin Mills, “M-Edge wants to bring a little holiday cheer to traveling and have the gift-giving start early.” Well, thanks! When: Wednesday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 30, all day. Where: BWI Airport.