By Brandon Enroth
The Sister Bay town hall was bustling all day Saturday as locals and visitors entered through the towering white double doors into a room filled with handcrafted treasures and works of art. The Friends of Gibraltar non-profit hosts this event every year around Thanksgiving, and it has become a well-known tradition. The fair hosted 22 vendors that ranged from pottery to hand-woven scarfs, gloves, & hats, even hand-painted watercolor paintings. One potter, Jeanne Aurelius has been coming to the fair for many years now and explained to me some of the history of the fair.
Many of the vendors have formed strong relationships in part to their participation in the Holiday Art Fair. Aurelius says that many of them look forward to coming back every year to catch up with one another and to share their work with one another. Liz Moriarty, owner of Herbal Remedies for the Body says that her family has been coming to this fair for years.
After talking with Vinni Chomeau, a Coordinator with Friends of Gibraltar before I walked through the fair, it sounded like the fair had attracted a wide range of age groups to stop in. The younger age groups were able to decorate holiday cookies while parents and grandparents were able to browse around at different tables. This past Saturday also happened to be Small Business Saturday, which might be the reason behind the heavy foot traffic all throughout Sister Bay.