Unique holiday shopping offered at local bazaars

Howard County Times

One week and counting for family fun at Clark’s Elioak Farm. The soft thrills of the nostalgic Enchanted Forest tableaux, along with hayrides, pumpkin patch and country store make for a fine old-time experience.

Members of the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club enjoyed a clever and comical slide show presentation by longtime member Art Boone, titled "Slides to Tickle Your Funny Bone" during the October meeting. Art is a valued member of the farm club and the community. Always the most knowledgeable on local history and always with several good stories to tell.

No need to leave the neighborhood with all the holiday shopping available in the next few weekends at area locales. Skip the mall and head out to these local venues.

Mark your calendar for Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., when Saint James United Methodist Church presents the11th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Flea Market. Saint James is at 12470 Old Frederick Road in Marriottsville. Holiday decorations, tasty treats, baked goods, hot breakfast and lunch fare and craft vendors galore. The Camp Hope Christmas Room is always a favorite with gently-used holiday and household items.

St. Paul’s Holiday Bazaar is set for Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16457 Old Frederick Road in Mt. Airy. Gifts to Go, Gourmet to Go, cheese balls, baked goods, raffles, gift baskets, silent auction, collectibles, crafts and a snack bar. Let the holiday bazaar season begin.

Come out to the Howard County Fairgrounds on Nov. 2, 3 and 4 for the Howard County Crafts Spectacular. This craft show features over 250 artists and crafts persons. Magic shows will be presented on Nov. 3 and 4, at 11 a.m and 12:30 p.m. Ornaments, home decor, quilts, jewelry and holiday decorations galore.

A must for holiday shopping is what the organizers of the Maryland Alpacas and Fleece Festival call a fun-filled family festival. “Give luxury. Give Alpaca,” is the standard refrain from these artisans. Alpaca garments, fleece items, yarns, batting and more will be on display and on sale during the show and festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds, Nov.10-11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fiber artists, spinners, weavers, knitters and craft artisans will be on hand to describe their works. Live alpacas for the little kids to enjoy as well. Organizers do remind folks to leave dogs at home. Need more information on this colorful event? Go to marylandalpacas.org . Fore more information, email festival@marylandalpacas.org

More shopping opportunities for the community at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. The bargain hunters frenzy of the Tot Swap Consignment Sale is in place on Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission to this kids’ sale, which features more than 300 vendors. Go to totswap.net for all the details.

Time to turn the clock back on Nov. 4. Darker early evenings and the promise of warm weather again in seven months time. Bundle up.

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