March 24 • 12:17 PM

'Tis the season for crafty bargains!

November 14, 2007
Tis the season for crafty happenings, like the one Almont resident Clara See organized earlier this month to benefit Easter Seals.

With just under 20 crafters and vendors, See was determined to raise funds for the 21st annual 'For Women Only Snowmobile Ride.'

Each participant is required to raise $500 or more, which will be pumped back into the local community via Easter Seals. Last year's event held in Grayling boasted 177 women who raised more than $200,000 in support of children and adults with disabilities.

Rebecca Storme of Imlay City and Sandy Micks of Allenton pose with Sandy’s Party Lite display at craft show. For more information on Sandy’s candles call 810-395-4267. photo by Catherine Minolli.
See's Craft Show & Sale was held at the Almont-Dryden Masonic Hall on Dryden Road, and like many craft shows included a bake sale.

See says she was pleased with the success of the event, which featured crafters and vendors from around the Tri-City area and Washington Twp., Romeo, Rochester Hills and beyond.

If you missed it, don't fret. There are a number of craft and vendor shows planned for across the area, where the craftiest of bargain hunters are sure to land dozens of items for their holiday lists.

Following are some fine local options for jump-starting the holiday shopping season:

'Men Hunt, Women Shop' will be held tomorrow (Thurs., Nov. 15) from 6-9 p.m. at Imlay City High School. The second annual event boasts a long list of local vendors and crafters, including Pampered Chef, Avon, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, The Learning Depot, Chocolate Inked, Michigan Maple Syrup and more. Proceeds will benefit Imlay City Project Graduation 2008.

On Sat., Nov. 17 the Berlin Twp. Annual Craft and Vendor Show will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Berlin Twp. Senior Center, 740 Capac Rd.

Area artists will present 'Art In The Village,' in downtown Metamora featuring original fine art from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1 and from noon-5 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 2. Admission is free.

The show will be held in the Old Town Hall and Masonic Temple Building In downtown Metamora.

Those looking for unique holiday gifts will find one of a kind, original fine artworks. The show and sale features works by local artists Ann Lauwers of An Artist's View, The Village Weaver Mary Rios, paintings by Gloria Westcott, woodworking by David Westcott, sculpture and stained glass by Linda and David Deming, watercolor works by Debbie Johnson, LeFleur Décor, Ruth Forman Faux Finishing & Designs, lampworked glass beads and art glass by Anita Spencer and many more artists.

To view artists' work and learn more about the show visit

For those of you who have something to bring to the table, crafters and vendors are also being sought for the annual Holly Daze Craft and Vendor Show slated to take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1 at the Capac Senior Center in Capac. Call the center at 395-7889 for more information.

Crafters and vendors are also needed for the Mercy Casa Maria 2007 Winter Wonderland Craft Extravaganza to be held at Casa Maria in Imlay City from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 8. Call Crystal Campagne at 724-6300 for more information.

Around the Tri-City area, popular annual craft shows are making a return, including the St. Joseph School's annual Holiday Happenings Craft Show will take place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 17 and from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 18 at the school, 703 N. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion. Admission is $2, no strollers please. Food and refreshments available.

If you'd like to get the word out about an upcoming craft and/or vendor show, email the particulars to

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