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Harvest of Christmas Delights

Judi

by Festival Nomad "Scoop" Correspondent, Judi McWilliams

Capturing the Spirit...

Today the Festival Nomad and I were going to be treated to an event that would capture the spirit of the season. The show was going to offer a harvest of "artist created gifts" which meant many fibre arts – felted scarves and mitts, hand-woven and tapestry crocheted "pursettes", spinning, pottery, baskets, handmade soaps, beeswax candles, art glass jewelry, tinwork, artwork, woodenware, and much more. We stopped first to pick up my sister who joined us fourth Harvest of Christmas Delights art show and sale.

Gathering of the Greens...

We headed out mid-day to the Village of Welcome which is located just a spit north of Port Hope. Today’s feature was called Gathering of the Greens. The Harvest of Christmas Delights was taking place at the home of artist and organizer, Kathryn McHolm. Her home is situated amongst beautiful trees, barns, and winding garden pathways. We found the property without any difficulties, as many cars already lined along both sides of the roadway. A large handmade sign welcomed us to the event. We walked down a narrow pathway, where I admired the many of Kathryn's natural displays. We could see a couple of tent awnings set up in front of a large barn. We investigated them first. A warm "pit fire" in the middle of the pathway end was inviting us with its warmth!

Handmade Treasures...

I was immediately drawn towards very artistic nature-made and inspired wreaths. They had balls of suet, dried cobs of corn, bows of pines, and much more. Benches along the way displayed bunches of items for sale. We could gather them and make our own creations! Also, we could gather up boughs, potted trees, berries, and dried materials for decorating our home for the season. There were swags, wreaths, topiaries and much more for sale! One tent offered great items such as old fashioned stars, birds, and interesting unique items. It was hard to leave this area but the warmth of the barn beckoned.

Inside the Barn...

A table full of sweet treats and delectable goodies were being sold here along with unique greeting cards, artist created tree hangers and more. We ventured forward through a wooden barn door and found a barn room full of more treasures. But, my eyes went first to our friend, Laurie Siblock. It was Laurie who had suggested that we attend this event. She was one of the participating artists. Laurie is a very talented "fibre artist" who creates fabulous felted pillows, scarves, rugs, mitts and much more. We talked to Laurie for some time and then she introduced us to the host, Kathryn McHolm. Kathryn was constantly moving about with shears in her hand, cutting many boughs for her creations and for customers to take home. Kathryn said that although the Harvest of Christmas Delights was a sale and show of artistic items, it was also a chance for people to experience the ambience of the nature around them.

More Art and Artists...

Sue and I spent some time talking with Jeanette Bartosik, a glass jewellery maker. She was extremely interesting and was kind to share some interesting stories about her creations. She told us that one heart shaped pendant, made of glass, can take up to 20 tries! The timing has to be just right for the pieces to meld together! It is a skill she has been working on for about 5 years. Jeanette tells us that all the glass and metal is recyclables. I wish I could remember more about what she told us, but if you ever meet up with her I’m sure she will be pleased to share her story with you. I missed seeing Carrie Osborne, an acquaintance who makes tinwork. Her work was wonderful! Visitors to the Harvest of Christmas Delights were always revolving and we felt it was time to take our leave. On our way out, I noticed paper bags along the pathways! I was told that at the previous night show, the entire property was lit by candlelight and the evening's festivities took place with Elizabeth Barlow playing her mellow sounds on her harp. All in all, a wonderful event which I’m sure I will visit next year, just to experience the wonder and spirit of the season again!

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