Grannies Christmas extravaganza

One-of-a-kind items will be on display and for sale at holiday event

  • Nov. 18, 2011 8:00 p.m.
Cathryn Bolton shows some of the of one-of-a-kind

Cathryn Bolton shows some of the of one-of-a-kind

Some unique Christmas gifts will be on sale next weekend and all purchases will help support those who have been effected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.

The Oceanside Grandmothers 2 Grandmothers are hosting their annual Christmas extravaganza November 25 and 26. The event is their most successful fundraiser of the year with proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF).

The SLF supports community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphans, grandmothers and people living with the deadly disease.  The AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa continues to devastate communities and since the beginning of the epidemic 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

Cathryn Bolton said since 2006 their local group of about 100 volunteers has already donated $164,000 to the foundation.

“Our group has been very successful due to the generosity of our warm-hearted community. People look forward to this event every year and some items do sell out,” she admitted.

She stated they will have their usual array of unique arts and crafts including their precious African angels and popular granny bags.

The one-of-a-kind, hand-made cloth bags became an instant hit when they were introduced four years ago and a group of 10 “bag-ladies” have been sewing up a storm creating the custom made bags for this year’s fundraiser.

“They have been our biggest seller.  They are made with fabric that depicts Africa and have lovely embellishments.  When I travel with mine people stop me and ask me where did you get that bag?”

She said their African angels are also cherished. Each one is hand-made and named after an African child who has died of AIDS.

In case you don’t have your “fascinator” yet for the next Royal wedding, they too will be available.

Bolton said there are about 100 crafty members in the group who have been busy preparing for the sale. There will be Christmas wreaths and decorations as well as delicious home-baking including Christmas cake, fudge and shortbread for sale.

The event which includes refreshments and live entertainment has moved to the Quality Resort Bayside this year at 240 Dogwood St., Parksville. It runs Fri., Nov. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A choir known as “Harmony in the Key of West Coast,” will be on hand throughout the event performing Christmas favourites.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Remains of the scene off Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek where three bodies were found on Nov. 1, 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)
RCMP investigation continues into grisly discovery of 3 human bodies, 4 dead dogs near Whiskey Creek

Police still want to speak with motorist who picked up hitchhikers near scene on Nov. 1

An man from Errington died when his ATV went over an embankment on Northwest Bay Logging Road on the weekend. (File photo)
Errington man dies in ATV crash southwest of Parksville

Incident happened on Northwest Bay Logging Road on Saturday afternoon

Patricia Taylor and Debra Strut at the Salvation Army on Friday, Nov. 27, handing out winter boots and gift bags to those in need. Taylor says they'll be back until all her supplies are gone.(Mandy Moraes photo)
Parksville residents distribute gifts and winter boots in Salvation Army parking lot

‘I’m hoping to open the eyes of the community to realize that everybody has value’

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

Fossil finds at Mt. Stephen. (Photo: Sarah Fuller/Parks Canada)
Extreme hiking, time travel and science converge in the Burgess Shale

Climb high in the alpine and trace your family tree back millions of years – to our ocean ancestors

Kettle bells sit aligned in an indoor fitness studio. (
1 COVID-19 case at a B.C. fitness studio leads to 104 more infections, 6 school exposures

According to case data released by Fraser Health, one case of the novel coronavirus carries a big impact

Vehicles drive past a display thanking essential workers in Burnaby, B.C. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
B.C. changing COVID-19 case reporting as virus spread continues

Manual counting takes more time, leads to errors

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the co-author of the book Fatty Legs, which has been mentioned amid the controversy of an Abbotsford school assignment on residential schools.
Co-author of residential schools book condemns controversial Abbotsford class assignment

Children’s book mentioned amid controversy at W. A. Fraser Middle School

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick (right) moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals pick critics to take on Horgan’s NDP majority

Interim leader Shirley Bond takes seniors, long-term care

Left to right: A screenshot of NTC nurse navigator Lesley Cerney, FNHA regional mental health manager Georjeana Paterson and Island Health’s medical health officer Dr. Charmaine Enns addressing Ehattesaht community members from Ehatis reserve in a Facebook live update. (Ehattesaht First Nation/Facebook)
Medical team sent to Ehatis reserve near Zeballos to guide community through COVID outbreak

17 cases, eight recoveries and no hospitalizations as Island Health praises First Nation’s response

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Spending too little worse than spending too much, Freeland says as Canada’s deficit tops $381B

‘The risk of providing too little support now outweighs that of providing too much’

Most Read