To The Daily Sun,
What do all of these towns have in common? Belmont, Boscawen, Bradford, Bristol, Canterbury, Concord, Conway, Franklin, Fremont, Gilford, Gilmanton, Gilsum, Goffstown, Harrisville, Laconia, Loudon, Manchester, Meredith, Northfield, Tilton and Weare. Not sure how they are related? Well, all these N.H. communities will be represented at the 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Belknap Mill on Saturday, Dec. 10.
An expanded group of 36 N.H. crafters and local businesses will treat shoppers to a wonderful variety of handcrafted items and food items on the 1st and 3rd floors of the mill. Pick up goodies to fill Christmas stockings, for a Yankee Swap or hostess gift, for that "hard to buy for" person on your list, or maybe something just for you.
Here's some items you can take home: truffles, fudge, salsa, meat rub, pickles, dog treats, catnip mice, soy candles, fragrance products, goat's milk soap, honey, lip balm, beeswax lotion and candles, birch and lichen covered bird, hobbit and fairy houses, jewelry, photography, denim purses, wallets and accessories, fabric and embroidered items, quilted ornaments and wall hangings, quilled ornaments and cards, baby and toddler sewn items, stuffed animals, oven mitts, potholders and pillows, eyeglass cases, handspun yarn, adult and children's aprons, doll clothing, crocheted snowflakes, doilies and table runners, wooden signs, wooden turned bowls, pens, wine bottle stoppers, rocking horse, salt and pepper mills, laser wood ornaments, key and coat racks, napkin holders, cribbage boards, wooden American flags, painted wine glasses, crocheted hats, boot cuffs, cowl and colorful scarves, upcycled sweater mittens, glass block lights, holiday decorations, centerpieces, wreaths and ornaments, fabric snowmen and Santas, whimsical Santa hats, and much more.
Riverside Gifts offers year round shopping, including greeting and holiday cards, postcards, socks knitted on the Mill's vintage machines, Darn Tough socks made in Vermont, T-shirts, baby and lap quilts, maple syrup products, jewelry, aerial and matted photographs and prints, walking sticks, bird houses, candles, soap, salsa, meat rub, Smittens, hand painted wine and beverage glasses, pottery, canvas tote bags, fabric pillows, garland, wall hangings and placemats, microwave pot holders, fragrance products, toys and puzzles, and books by local authors. Just in time for Christmas, a wide variety of holiday ornaments are on sale, with sports, professions, hobbies, families, and celebration themes that can be personalized with names and dates.
We hope to see many friends and new visitors at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia on Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Support local crafters and the Belknap Mill — a historic Laconia building with treasures to explore. Boy Scout Troop 68 is sponsoring a bake sale. A craft raffle supported by local businesses and crafters will benefit the Mill's historical, educational and cultural programs. Young and old alike will enjoy touring the power house museum and knitting room.
Holiday Bazaar crafters have donated dozens of items to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. Be sure to check out those items and more available for bidding starting on December 6 through December 10. Visit www.childrensauction.com for details.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!