By David F. Rooney
The annual, two-day Handmade Parade arts and crafts fair at the Community Centre proved once again to be a pre-Christmas fair with immense appeal for local residents.
Organized by Krista Carnegie for the Revelstoke Arts Council, the event attracted hundreds of people who shopped and browsed this weekend, looking for that perfect something for their husbands, wives, children and other loved ones.
Here are a few images of the event we thought you’d enjoy seeing:
Meghann Hutton (center) and Garry Pendergast collected entry fees — a very cheap $2 — and stamped hands at the first day of the Handmade Parade arts and crafts fair at the Community Centre on Saturday. David F. Rooney photo Krista Stovel (center) makes a sale of Hayley Johnson. Stovel produces very attractive, and small, works of art. David F. Rooney photo Painter Rachel Kelly had handmade cards and paintings — and a cheery smile — on offer at the Handmade Parade. David F. Rooney photo Lorrie Rogers and Lucie Bergeron discuss the merits of the ceramics offered by Sorrento Stoneware. David F. Rooney photo Gee, honey... would you like a fuzzy teddy bear for Christmas? Joanne Stacey has a little fun with her husband, Andrew, at the Tocino Woolens booth. David F. Rooney photo Krista Carnegie (left) organized the Handmade Parade for the Revelstoke Arts Council this year, as she has since its inception two years ago. Here, she talks about her wares with Stacy Lamont. David F. Rooney photo Dawn Levesque subjects the Kootenay Soap Company products to the age-old sniff test. David F. Rooney photo Pat Murray of Sweet Things models a bib for the photographer, who got two for this grandson. David F. Rooney photo Mia Mathias of aimhats.com knits up a woolen hat as she talks with Shendra Kelly, whose 10-month-old son Egan patiently waited for Mom to do what she had to do. David F. Rooney photo Catherine Bellerose peruses the carved and painted boxes at Brian Morris' booth. David F. Rooney photo Ellen Tremblay ponders purchasing some of Arleigh Kurucz lovely silver and gold jewellery. You can see more of this local jewellery designer's work at http://frankjewellery.ca. David F. Rooney photo Jannica Hoskins had a lovely selection of handmade earrings, bracelets and other items, all based on traditional native designs, at her table at the Handmade Parade. David F. Rooney photo Chic Sharp was busy promoting — and selling — copies of his hot children't book, My Twelve Brothers and Me Featuring Marty Two Shoes. This is the second in his series of beautifully illustrated story books. David F. Rooney photo Madeleine McCarthy of New Denver gestures as she talks with Andrew and Joanne Stacey about Andrew's favourite subject: sculpture. McCarthy offered them and other customers a lovely selection of ceramics and jewellery from her Moonfire Pottery business. David F. Rooney photo Here's something you don't see every day — a bearded man wearing a very frou-frou skirt. Chris Otten wasn't really in the market for one of Celia Auclair's Cosmicflair Designs products but he thought he'd mug for the camera. That's Celia enjoying the moment, which fit perfectly with her company motto of "express your inner passion," with her camera. David F. Rooney photo Lynn Barisoff and her granddaughter consider the choices on offer at the room occupied by the Nut Man. David F. Rooney photo Well, if you needed a break from all the shopping at the Handmade Parade you could certainly grab a quick cuppa and/or lunch at the concession stand. David F. Rooney photo