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24TH ANNUAL Charles Dickens Craft Faire
Friday Nov 9th 3pm to 8pm
Saturday Nov 10th 10am to 5pm
Sunday Nov 11th 10am to 4pm
FLORENCE FILBERG CENTRE 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay
THE CHARLES DICKENS FAIRE is the first major Christmas craft fair in the Comox Valley. This juried event has over 60 exhibitors occupying both floors of the Filberg Centre to bring you an exceptional variety of quality handcrafted gifts. To highlight the ‘sights and smells of Christmas’ the show will feature European baking, soaps, Teddy bears and toys, Santa’s, unique Christmas decorations, artwork and paintings, vibrant jewellery, handcrafted apparel, photography, functional and decorative pottery, honey, candles, gourmet sauces and spices, a variety of wood including intarsia, kitchen tools, authors, stained and painted glass, members from the Schoolhouse Quilters group with quilts and home décor, the Woolgatherers group with hand spun and woven apparel, specialty wines, and so much more. This is a much-anticipated show, and you can be sure to find something unique for that hard-to-please person on your gift list…or to treat yourself! As well as the 5 $100 Quality Foods Gift Cards Draw, the Daily Draw prizes include: • $75 gift certificate from Atlas Café • $60 gift certificate from the Sid Williams Theatre • Pacifi c Mist Hydropath package for two plus lunch and spa products from the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa valued at over $200 As in past years, The Faire organizers have provided space for local charitable organizations, to help them raise funds and awareness. YANA will be selling their Christmas crackers. YANA Christmas crackers are a popular Comox Valley tradition, selling out each year well before the holidays with all proceeds supporting local children. You could win one of 50 special prizes or be the lucky winner of the grand prize, a diamond ring valued at $4,700. www.yanacomoxvalley.com. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, Vancouver Island North. Support Habitat’s Lake Trail Road build project by purchasing tickets for their ‘Get Away or Stay’ raffle. Enter to win one of three prizes: 2 return tickets anywhere WestJet flies, a trip to Vancouver to see the Canucks, or a spa package at the Kingfisher! Tickets are 3 for $20 or 1 for $10. The draw is on Dec. 14 – just in time for Christmas! http://habitatnorthisland.com
MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY (MARS) will be in attendance to create awareness and will be fundraising to support their new Wildlife Rescue Centre in Merville. Look for items made by their volunteers and a variety of Audubon singing birds. www. marswildliferescue.com