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Much ado about Christmas

Craft sales, baked goods and music entice crowds to festive events
Stephen Gage of Saltair Craftworks and his daughter Aurelia Gage with their table of stained glass items at the Chemainus Fire Hall craft fair. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s been impossible not to get caught up in the Christmas spirit around Chemainus the last couple of weeks.

It’s just now getting into December, but the festive flair of community events last weekend made it seem like the big day was a lot closer.

It all got going Friday afternoon with the Chemainus United Church’s Everything Christmas event. The name was entirely appropriate, with everything Christmas you could imagine from great baked goods to knitting and decorations.

Folks were lined up outside the door to the upstairs room where the sale was held before the opening at 3 p.m. to get a chance at the best selection.

The Free Radical Dixie Band played Christmas songs inside the church adjacent to the sale.

A short time later, the Moonlight Madness shopping and eating event began and lasted until 8 p.m., with great sales and specials from businesses. Some also had goodies for shoppers to enjoy while they browsed.

Saturday was another big day around town, with a multitude of events taking place simultaneously.

There was the return of the ever-popular Chemainus Fire Hall Christmas craft fair that drew a large crowd, the Chemainus Legion Christmas craft and gift sale and photos with Santa at the Island Savings Credit Union in Village Square.

Colleen Hunt of Honeymoon Bay with a selection of wreaths at the Chemainus Fire Hall craft fair. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus United Church volunteer crew working the Everything Christmas bazaar, from left: Helen Stephen, Helen Kyle and Sharon Russell-Ricciardi. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Free Radical Dixie Band plays Christmas tunes inside the Chemainus United Church during Everything Christmas. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Marjorie Coakwell is a knitting phenom at 88 years old, as she displayed during the Chemainus Legion Christmas craft and gift sale Saturday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Santa has his hands full with these two: Ayla, 3, and Elowyn, 11 months, at the photos with Santa at Island Savings Credit Union Saturday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Don Bodger

About the Author: Don Bodger

I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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