Art markets in Qualicum Beach this weekend

This weekend is a big one in Qualicum Beach for anyone with an interest in unique and handcrafted gift ideas.

Dee Aguilar

Dee Aguilar

This weekend is a big one in Qualicum Beach for anyone with an interest in unique and handcrafted gift ideas. While there will be big crowds at the immense Kris Kringle Market in Parksville, the Town of Qualicum Beach will also be bustling with shoppers.

The town will be transformed into a magical Christmas village starting November 25 with several artisans selling locally-grown and crafted items at different locations.

Local artisans will showcase their art work at the second annual Winter Festival and the longest running Christmas show on Vancouver Island, The Village Christmas Arts Faire.

The Village Christmas Arts Faire is celebrating 33 years of bringing together under one roof some of the finest artisans the area has to offer.

On November 25, 26 and 27 you can feast your eyes on artwork at the Winter Festival being held at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre and the Village Christmas Arts Faire at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall.

Local potter Dee Aguilar, who has been busy organizing both events, said she’s happy to bring al the local artisans together for a weekend.

“This is a great way to showcase some of the greater things in Qualicum Beach,” she said.

The full-time potter admitted that being responsible for this weekend’s shows is a huge job but hopefully all the hard work will be a positive thing for Qualicum Beach.

“This is about our community. We want to make it the best it can be. There are so many facets … it is pretty incredible.”

Aguilar said the events are also fundraising opportunities for a couple of community initiatives.

The local fire department will be on hand for their annual food drive at the Winter Festival at the Civic Centre and music students from Kwalicum Secondary School will also be fundraising at both venues. Aguilar said KSS music students will play and entertain, as well as sell chocolates and poinsettias for their upcoming trip to Ottawa. It costs just over $1,600 for each student to attend Musicfest and Aguilar said they want all the students involved to have that opportunity.

“This is a huge fundraiser for the music program. My kids were in the music program the year they went to Japan. Now that was a lot of money. But this is about saving the school, which has an outstanding music program.”

She said their Local Farm and Food Fair will be indoors with an exceptional variety of quality products made by local and well known food producers.  Fresh seafood will be available from “Cool Wild Fish” and there will be fresh chicken and turkeys from local farmers.

“The Farmers Market is a real community event. You can’t go wrong shopping at this wonderful event,” she said.

At the Civic Centre people will also find a variety of items from local artisans like jewelry, books candles and beadwork .

The Village Christmas Arts Faire will be in its regular home at the Community Hall.

The Old School House (TOSH) will also be decked out for the season this weekend. Winter in Art begins Friday at TOSH. The fundraiser for local charities will see the gallery adorned with holiday wreaths created by various groups. They will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Food Bank, SOS and the S.PC.A.



Just Posted

The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society has outgrown its home at the Coombs-Hilliers Fire Department and will soon move to its new operations hall at the Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)
The Qualicum Beach Farmers Market is one of the organizations approved for a grant-in-aid by the Town of Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)
COVID-19: Town of Qualicum Beach awards $80K in relief funds to community groups

Pandemic has put a financial strain on many organizations

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
Drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250-hectare wildfire in B.C.

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville council receives letter from B.C.’s health minister regarding free prescription contraception

Letter was in response to Parksville’s support for universal no-cost measure

Most Read