A “Holiday Fair” is set for this weekend at the Bayside Community Hall. (Carolyn Jones — Contributed)

More than 40 local artisans will transform Bayside Community Hall in to a shopper’s delight Saturday and Sunday.

The range of offerings is great, from functional works in ceramic, wood, textile, paper and glass to fine art and art cards, specialty foods and botanicals and herbal extracts. There are items for kids and pets, sports lovers and foodies, for the home and for the garden. Gift wrapping will be available, provided by the Girl Scouts.

Live music throughout each day will feature many local favorites, including Squeezebug, Mon P’tit Chou, Good Company, Tristan Norton, Humboldt Music Academy Fiddlers and the Humboldt Ukulele Group.

Comfort of Home Catering will offer a warm and hearty foods and seasonal sweets. And the whole hall will be filled with the cheery aroma of spiced cider and mulled wine.

“In this era of on-line shopping, it is really nice to come together in a warm space to shop for items made right here in Humboldt,” said event organizer Denise Jones. “And there is something really special about meeting the person who created the item that you will use or gift.”

Lomi Wear will be on hand at the Bayside Community Hall “Holiday Fair” this weekend. Lomi Wear makes fish print onesies, toddler hoodies and more, all hand screened from Twibell gyotaku prints. (Tami Reynolds — Contributed)

The hall’s proceeds from this event support ongoing restoration work of the 80-year-old former grange. In the past year, the community has funded a new roof, lobby enhancements, new stoves and ventilation hood, and seismic retrofit of the foundation. Next on the agenda is additional kitchen upgrades scheduled for February 2020.

“The Bayside Community Hall is important as a community gathering place as much now as when it was built in 1940,” said board president Carolyn Jones. “When you support the hall, you benefit the whole community that uses it.”

The Bayside Community Hall is located at 2297 Jacoby Creek Road, at the corner with Old Arcata Road. The fair opens at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 or a non-perishable food item for donation to local food bank. To learn more, email baysidecommunityhall@gmail.com or call 707-599-3192.


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