ARLINGTON — With expanded booth space indoors and a heated tent outdoors, the Gleaneagle Golf Course Country Club was able to accommodate 38 vendors for the Arlington Garden Club’s second annual Holiday Garden Art and Crafts Show on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Gussied Up Jewelry of Arlington caught the eyes of Agnes McAndrews and Pat Drew, both of whom were on the lookout for holiday gifts for friends and family, although McAndrews admitted with a grin that she’d already picked up a home decor item or two for herself.
“I saw this beautiful picture of a big barn, that would look right at home in any state,” McAndrews said.
While Judy Cales was shilling reindeer-headed pencils for the Arlington Garden Club, she also offered positive testimonials after sampling some Jochimsen all-natural maple syrup from the table next to her. One table over, Everett’s Nadine Carrington looked on raptly as Marysville’s Dorothy Power explained how she created her lap-quilts.
“I designed the appliqués myself,” Power said. “Each one is a one-of-a-kind. I’ve been doing this for 15 years. Back when I was still teaching school, I didn’t have time for it,” she laughed.
Arlington’s Amy Navarre found an old friend of hers, Alan Pickard of Darrington, pitching his Alpaca fleece clothing at the art and crafts show.
“I live right in the neighborhood, and I like to find Christmas gifts early,” Navarre said. “I actually have a thing for glass ornaments.”
“I bought my first Alpaca nine years ago,” Picard said. “Its fibers are warmer than wool and finer than cashmere. I sell Alpaca fiber socks to hunters who swear by them.”
“This show is twice as good as last year’s,” said Mike Skurok, of SK Metalworks in Everett, who also shows his wares at the Arlington Farmers’ Market. “I’ll be here again next year.”
“It’s a really good show,” agreed fellow Everett metal artist Dennis Cant. “It’s good when local folks come out to support their own, because that benefits us all.”
Judy Ness was in charge of vendors for this year’s show, and reported that the event apparently ran smoothly from their end.
“Based on my informal survey of the vendors, they seem pleased,” Ness said. “A lot of folks expanded their booths, but I don’t think we can get any bigger next year,” she laughed. “Oh yes, I anticipate we’ll be doing this again next year.”