Handcrafted for the Holidays 2014

By Laurie Phillips

Monadnock Humane Society holds its 8th Annual Holiday Craft Fair –

“Handcrafted for the Holidays” – A Holiday Tradition for the Community!

Swanzey, New Hampshire –Monadnock Humane Society is holding its 8th annual craft fair – “Handcrafted for the Holidays” – in the MHS Guinane Training Center at 101 West Swanzey Road in Swanzey from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 6th, 2014.

The “Handcrafted for the Holidays” Craft Fair has been a favorite event in the Monadnock Region and promises something for everyone.  More than 50 local crafters and gift vendors will present their wares and make for one-stop shopping for holiday gift giving.  Offerings include handmade chocolates, soaps, jewelry, textiles, birdhouses, one-of-a-kind artwork, doggie clothing, toys and accessories, and much more!

Come prepared to “shop ‘til you drop” and then refresh yourself with a hot lunch at Alice’s Restaurant. Lunch includes a bowl of homemade soup or chili; bread, a yummy dessert and a drink all for only $5.  Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Holiday Bake Sale table with an assortment of goodies for immediate indulgence, or take something home to share with family and friends or bring to a holiday party. Enter to win one of over 50 items that have been donated to our Brown Bag Raffle!

Holiday Pet Photos will also be available. Humans can participate, or just your pet(s). Our friendly photographers, Heather and Jennifer, will take a beautiful keepsake photo.  A $10 suggested donation includes a 4” x 6” glossy photo in a paper frame as well as access to an electronic downloadable version that you can use for your holiday cards or reprints. (Please make sure dogs are leashed and cats, rabbits, and other small pets are secured in carriers).

Also – this year we will hold an “Early Bird” drawing for a Samsung Galaxy tablet. When you come between 10 and 11:30 am, you will be entered to win. Just download the raffle ticket on our website or facebook page.  No purchase necessary, one entry/ticket per person, you do not have to be present to win, however you need to deliver the ticket in person on Dec. 6th between 10 and 11:30 am!

All proceeds from the Handcrafted for the Holidays Craft Fair – including Holiday Pet Photos, Red Bag Raffle, Hot Lunch at Alice’s Restaurant and the Holiday Bake Sale – will directly support the animals at MHS.

“It’s great to be able to support the animals and enjoy a holiday shopping experience at the same time,” says Rebeccah Colburn, the Volunteer Craft Fair Chairperson for the second year.  “The Handcrafted for the Holidays Craft Fair is a great opportunity to kick off the holiday season, do some gift shopping, and help raise some much-needed funds to support the life-saving work of Monadnock Humane Society.”

Admission is free, and there’s plenty of parking. Fun for the entire family – and while you’re there you can check out our adoptable animals who are waiting for their forever families!

Christy Meinke, MHS volunteer, helps with the Raffle