Mona Shores, others usher in holidays

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– PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA PRICE EXCEPT WHERE NOTED

By Cynthia Price

For 40 years, the Mona Shores Arts and Crafts sale on the first Saturday of November has been introducing the holiday season for legions of shoppers intent on getting original, handmade gifts.

The number of craft-sellers stays steady or expands year-to-year, perhaps because the show, run by Mona Shores Community Services, attracts so many buyers.  One of the vendors confided that she had more sales than she could handle when it first opened at 9:00 a.m. (since her granddaughter helper had not yet arrived).

Finding a parking spot in the cold, occasionally heavy rain was difficult.

Items range from the practical to the indulgently beautiful, from “outdoor game and therapy bags” to lush shawls and scarves to dip mixes, salt blends, artisan baked goods, and chocolate specialties.

The Mona Shores wrestlers and Chartwell’s Dining offered concessions throughout the time it was open, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to eat in a special area in the cafeteria.

Shores was not the only place to get a dose of holiday spirit. The Front Porch (see below) and Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts both had holiday open houses.

On Nov. 16, Relay for Life will do a fund-raising Holiday Craft and Vendor Show from 10 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4475 Henry St., Norton Shores. 

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