WinterFair begins Saturday in Cumberland

WinterFair launches the annual holiday shop local campaign Christmas in the Village.

SINGER ANNIE BECKER is one of the attractions as WinterFair begins Saturday in Cumberland.

This Saturday, over 40 vendors will set up at the Cumberland Recreation Centre on Dunsmuir to offer wonderful, unique and varied crafts, art, goods and services to get you started for the holiday season.

WinterFair launches the annual holiday shop local campaign Christmas in the Village, which runs through December and offers a diverse range of experiences for shoppers, diners and audiences in historic downtown Cumberland.

WinterFair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers shoppers moccasins, knitting and crocheting along with other fibre arts, soap, preserves and more. Wood, glass, metal, paper, sparklies and fabric are the basis for everything from jewelry to home décor.

You’ll find something for everyone on your list – even the ‘hardest to buy for’ — and probably something for yourself, too.

It’s not all about shopping — although spending your money with local craftspeople and in locally owned businesses boosts the economy and supports families here. It’s also about food, and drink; visiting with friends and neighbours and, of course (this is, after all, Cumberland) entertainment.

Award-winning singer/songwriter Sue Pyper has been lauded throughout North America and her cover tunes have been well-received, but her own songs are blowing folks away.

Whether you see Annie Becker in a packed club, intimate coffeehouse, animated music festival, or bustling street corner, those who come across this jazz queen wrapped in a folk dress wearing souled shoes will no doubt walk away with a smile on their face and a melody in their head.

Pamela Tessmann, Blaine Dunaway and Anela Kahiamoe round out the day’s lineup with their own wonderful styles and instruments. This is a multifarious and multi-talented group of great musicians offering up their talents to the local community for a day of fun.

Join in Saturday and right through the month to celebrate in the village. Santa’s breakfast and the Light Up Truck Parade follow WinterFair on Sunday. The parade  starts at 6 p.m. at Village Square with hot chocolate for the kids.

There will be late-night shopping on the Fridays in December and watch for, or join in on, traditional wassailing on Dec. 14 before the Give a Little Bit shelter benefit at the Waverley.

For details, visit www.cumberlandbc.org.

— Cumberland Chamber of Commerce

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