busy event at the Sooke Community Hall
MapleLine Magazine: Nov.21, 2010
Story & photos by Mary P. Brooke
SOOKE, BC. Snow fluttered down most of Sunday November 21, setting a lovely seasonal tone for the long-running annual All Sooke Arts and Crafts Show. Held each November at the Sooke Community Hall, this year's show -- held November 19 through 21, 2010 -- had a full house of displays including 70 vendors, volunteer organizations and Santa standing by for photos with kids (courtesy of the Sooke Harbourside Lions, formerly the Sooke Lioness Lions*).
On sale was the expected range of country crafts such as knitting, quilting, needlecraft, soap, wooden toys, home preservers, jewelry, leathercraft, pottery and more. Exhibitors set their own prices, resulting in a range of prices for jewelry in particular.
The three show convenors this year have been Rob Davies, Shelley Davies and Ettie Catto. The lobby was nicely decorated with fresh evergreen boughs and a simple Christmas tree. “Everyone in town comes to the show. People you haven’t seen all year will drop by,” says Annie Boquist, also one of the organizers. “It’s a very fun three days.”
Non-member booths sold for $120 for a space on the main floor. “That is still the best rate going for a 3-day show during the height of the craft fair season,” said Catto.
This show is indeed the old flavour of Sooke from days gone by. MM
* NOTE: Sooke is the proud home of two Lions clubs and one Lioness Club: Sooke Lions (men's club), Sooke Harbourside Lions (women's club), and Sooke District Lioness (women's associated club).
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