Gar-Field Holiday Crafts Show

Some 150 artisans and crafts-people will gather at Gar-Field High School this Saturday, Dec. 11, to display and sell a variety of arts and crafts at the annual holiday crafts show from 9am to 3pm. The show is being put on by the Gar-Field High School Orchestra Boosters in support of the school’s orchestra. There is no admission charge, and the group has announced that they are booked solid with vendors looking to sell their crafts.

This is a show that’s been put on for more than 25 years and is always held on the second Saturday of December. The show is specifically for crafts-people who make handmade items and will feature about 150 vendor spots selling homemade crafts and food items. All items on display are juried in and must be handcrafted by the artist/crafter; no manufactured items or pre-manufactured kits are allowed in the show.

Benny Zhang of Celestial Gardens, Inc. (www.celestialbonsai.com) displays his bonsai plants at last year's show. | Photo courtesy Gar-Field HS Orchestra Boosters

As you might expect, there are a good number of holiday-related items. But visitors to the show also can expect to find unique wood items and pottery, including some beautiful wood turned pens. Handmade quilts, hand-knitted and crocheted items will be available as well as will embroidery and sewn items. A few food vendors, including fudge and toasted nut makers, will help make the high school halls smell wonderful in a way that never happens during weekdays. A number of different glass artisans, painters and photographers from all over the area will be showcasing their works as well. One crafter makes wooden eggs and another makes ornaments out of eggs. Furniture, gift bags, folk art, candles, soaps and lotions, stationary and paper goods, a tinsmith, doll makers, toy makers and even birdhouses made out of license plates — all and more will be found lining the halls of Gar-Field come Saturday.

Although most of the crafters are local, quite a few come in from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Some crafters even travel from as far as Texas and Kentucky every year.

Proceeds from the show help support the orchestra’s programs with instrument purchase and maintenance, music, concert expenses, awards and scholarships.

Gar-Field High School is located at 14000 Smoketown Road, across from Potomac Mills.

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