Vavenby held its Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the community hall.
There were 18 venders inside the hall selling a variety of items, such as jewellery, delicious-looking candy and baking, quilting, and pillows. Dr. Helmcken Memorial Auxiliary Thrift Store and Dawn’s Local Market had products there too.
Eleanor Deckert had autographed copies of her book, “Ten Days in December: Where Dreams Meet Reality.” It is about the first 10 days she and her husband, Kevin, spent in their wilderness cabin, and about how facing their realities was a harsh commitment. Eleanor shares her true stories. You can buy it at Vavenby General Store for $25.
The craft fair was organized by Barb Pennell and approximately 100 people showed up throughout the day.
Outside the hall, in the driveway, Cabot Homestead Natural Meats, a Vavenby business owned by Helen and Rick Cabot, was set up. They sold naturally pasture-raised pork, chicken, and rabbit. The Cabots also sell natural handmade soap, lotion, and candles.
To get hold of them, phone 250-674-1775 or go online to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cabots also will be setting up in the driveway of Fine Things Thrift Store (across from Vavenby fire hall) every other Sunday. The next date will be Nov. 20. The Cabots plan on posting schedules around town. They do not want to interfere with any annual events such as other craft fairs.
Learning about Remembrance Day
The week of Nov. 7 – 10, the primary class at Vavenby School learned about Remembrance Day.
There were art projects where the students painted scenes and created wreaths of poppies.
The students told me that Remembrance Day was to remember the people who had fought in the war. People should always wears their poppy on their coat. You wear poppies because, where people died, there were poppies growing.
We had a vote. It was between just men going to war or men and women going to war. The result was two for just men and five for everybody.
On the Thursday the school had a special visitor, Legion representative Charlotte Cederholm.
She read part of a poem called “The Act of Remembrance” to the children and told them that it is read on every Remembrance Day. She also explained the meaning of the wearing of the poppy and the creation of the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian Colonel John McRae.
Cederholm showed the students some wonderful historical pictures and medals.
Community events coming up
Vavenby’s next community coffee and potluck lunch will be on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 – 2, at Vavenby Church. Everyone will be welcome. Come on out and have a good time.
The Christmas community potluck dinner at the hall will be on Dec. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be live music as well. Don’t know yet if Santa will make it.
The church will hold its annual Christmas In the Village on Sunday, Dec. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a special Christmas service and the singing of lots of Christmas carols. Everyone will be welcome.