Candy Cane Bazaar and Craft Show brings holiday cheer to Carleton Place Dec. 2 and 3

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One of the many highlights of the holiday season is the variety of Christmas markets and events to visit with friends or family. You can stroll along and engage with local vendors while you grab a quality meal, snack on some sweet treats, and purchase unique Christmas presents for your loved ones. One of those festive events is once again coming to Carleton Place for two days in December.

The Candy Cane Bazaar and Craft Show is a two day event hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary as a fundraising initiative. The Ladies’ Auxiliary is a non-profit organization operated within The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 192. The Candy Cane Bazaar and Craft Show is an annual event and this year it will be taking place on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event poster on Facebook promises over 40 local vendors and a special appearance from Santa Claus himself both afternoons at 1 p.m. 

Despite the unfortunate passing of Joann Voyce, the event has successfully carried on under the leadership of Amber Peters and her team for the past two years. When speaking with Lanarkist, Amber Peters shared that “the event remains highly popular among the public and, in spite of a temporary setback due to the pandemic, attendance has been steadily increasing once again.”

Although this is not Peters’ first rodeo planning and executing the bazaar, she did confirm that this is the first year it will run as a two-day event. 

The Facebook event shared that “to warm you up, there will be plenty of hot chocolate available for both the young and young at heart.” The hot chocolate will be free and given out to the public while supplies last. Visitors of the Candy Cane Bazaar and Craft show will also have a chance to vote for their favourite decorated table. There will be several bake and deli sales tables and lunch available to purchase on site for hungry shoppers. 

The mission of the Candy Cane Bazaar and Craft Sale, besides spreading holiday cheer, is to help raise money for the legion. Amber Peters explained that “the Legion has many programs that help support veterans and various community groups. People can help contribute by becoming a member, supporting the poppy campaign, making donations and participating in events held by their local Legion, to name a few. For this upcoming event, the public can attend the Bazaar and support the vendors who have purchased a table.” 

Multiple members of the “Means and Ways Committee”, chaired by Peters herself, have been hard at work for months planning this event.

“We actually have to book the Legion about one year in advance,” Peters said. “We send out the vendor invites about three months before, collect payments and then start to promote it the month before with daily Facebook postings and posters placed at various locations.”

She added that “other committee members are involved in donating baked and deli goods for our sale or volunteer in various positions including front of house and making and selling lunch.” 

The festivities will be held at the Legion Branch 192 Capt A. Roy Brown Branch at 177 George Street in Carleton Place. Some vendors whose products will be on display are: Sipology / Cherie Hearts Tea, Mercury Woodworks, Crafts and Signs by Claire, Ronnie’s Bath Bombs and Epicure with Brittney, The Village Gnomery and so many more! For more event details and a full list of the vendors attending, please visit the Facebook event page.

Although the event is fully booked up for vendors this year, those who are interested in any future events are asked to email laevents192@gmail.com and they will be added to the mailing list for future opportunities.

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