For this year’s holiday issue, NNY Living is featuring quality, handmade goods in our “Holiday Gift Guide.” With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to start shopping for that unique gift for someone who will always be described as “the hard one to buy for.” This gift-giving season, look for wares that are made locally, right here in the north country. Not only will you be supporting local artisans and keeping your money right here in Northern New York, but you’ll be giving gifts that are unique, often one-of-a-kind, and can’t be found in any big box retailer. This weekend there are several different options, and not just craft shows, available to kick-start your holiday shopping adventures.
1.) Crafts, food and wine. One of the largest fairs this weekend is the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Craft, Food and Wine show at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena. Last year, more than 5,000 people came to the show to see the wares of dozens of artisans, and this year attendance is expected to grow. With six wineries on hand, the show also features food and beverages that are made locally in New York State. The show runs from noon to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the arena. Admission is $2 per person. Approximately 125 vendors are expected at this weekend’s event.
2.) Twenty seven years and counting. Sponsored by the JCC Women’s Organization, the annual Jefferson Community College Craft Show has become a one-stop shop for quality handmade art, candles, ceramics, food, jewelry and wood craft items. This year’s event features more than 100 vendors and is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Jefferson Community College’s McVean Student Center, Building 4. The event features raffles for gift certificates to use at any vendor at the event. Admission is $2 and proceeds from the event benefit JCCWO’s annual scholarships. For information, contact Melody Brenon, 786-2200.
3.) Arts. Beats. Eats. Tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, the North Country Arts Council is throwing a party to kick off its 64th annual Fall Arts Show. A record number of artists submitted works to be featured in this year’s show and tonight’s event not only features these unique pieces, which could also make great gifts, but live music from Ferguson, Taylor and Rogers, food from the Farm House Kitchen and, of course, wine. The show is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 17, except for Nov. 11, and many of the pieces are for sale. If you’re looking for a little added bonus tonight, the Watertown Lyric Theater is staging “The Sound of Music” in the state office building auditorium following the arts council event. Admission to the arts council event is $10, or $8 when purchased with a “Sound of Music” ticket.
4.) Something for the kids. While you’re out shopping tonight, or wining with the arts council, send the kids to the Clayton Opera House for a truly unique musical experience. Blending classical music with hip-hop, musicians Kev Marcus and Wil b and their DJ TK, a trio also known as Black Violin, will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following the concert they will host a teen dance after party until 11 p.m. for ages 13 to 19 in the third-floor ballroom. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Students are $10. This event isn’t just for the kids, either. It’s a diverse musical experience the whole family would enjoy. Tickets are available at the box office: 686-2200 or claytonoperahouse.org.
5.) Get dressed up. If you’re looking for an excuse to bust out the cocktail attire this weekend, there’s no place better to do so than the annual Jefferson County Hospice “Give Thanks for Hospice” charity auction and gala. From 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn, enjoy dinner, cocktails, a silent auction and a live auction that benefits hospice services in Jefferson County. Tickets are $75. For information, contact Lynn Dobbins at 788-7323.