As November ushers in the start of the holiday season, this weekend’s 20th annual Harvest & Holidays Arts & Crafts Festival in Yachats is the ideal place to start holiday shopping.
More than 70 artisans from throughout the Pacific Northwest pack into the Yachats Commons for this juried craft event.
Guests will find an amazing selection of crafts, ranging from jewelry, turned wood and sculpture to gourmet dog treats, beaded dragons, wooden toys and much more.
One of the more unusual artisans joining the event this year is Dan Daniels from Yreka, California, who will be bringing — and playing — a selection of handmade folk instruments including traditional dulcimers, kalimbas, ukuleles and Native American-style flutes, all lovingly hand made from black walnut and cherry wood.
Bruce Allison will be showcasing his entertaining, whimsical images, which he incorporates into functional products as well as wall art.
The festival will also feature stained glass from Lincoln City artist Shelley Shandra, who incorporates glass into driftwood pieces and antlers to create one-of-a-kind art.
Fellow glass artist Marie Strong will also be on site, selling holiday ornaments crafted from fused glass alongside small, detailed plaques emblazoned with positive messages.
Meanwhile, Debbie Seabright will be showing off her Snow People, crafted from wood and fabric to ever-changing designs.
“They have a personality of their own,” she said, “and no two are alike.”
Returning favorites include dentist-turned-watercolor artist John Bradley, winner of the Watercolor Society Platinum Award and the People’s Choice Award as well as many others.
Kathleen James will be returning to the festival with her range of Kat’s Creek Goat Milk Soap products, designed for people who have sensitive skin and allergies and lovingly made in small batches with pure ingredients.
Jeanette Casey of Dippity Doo Da Dip will also be back this year, offering gourmet, salt-free dips, including new additions like Dill Me In and Bacon Me Crazy.
Besides the dips, guests will be able to browse and sample a host of gourmet foodstuffs, including caramels, chocolates, fudge and biscotti from Stargazer’s Gourmet; Oregon Flavor Rack salt free seasonings and garlic products; smoked garlic and cheese from Geez Smoked Cheese; jams, pickles and relishes from Gingifer’s Kitchen; Willamette Valley honey and roasted hazelnuts from Oh Honey; and flavored vinegars and oils from Celia’s Balsamics. Depoe Baykery will also be on hand with delicious pastries and coffee for sale.
Guests will also be able to watch demonstrations of crafts including wool-spinning, beading and gem stone wire-wrapping or enjoy a chair massage.
The 20th Annual Harvest & Holidays Arts & Crafts Festival, hosted by Crafts on the Coast, will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5, at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N.
Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 541-547-4738.