Shrewd shoppers group to Christmas on a Fox

November 29, 2016 - garden totes

Face facts. It’s time to quit procrastinating and tackle a season’s business — your holiday present list.

By subsequent weekend, we will have given thanks, eaten turkey, awakened from a carb-induced coma and watched televised football. Reserve Friday for a much-needed mangle with copiousness of time to ready for a weekend journey — Christmas on a Fox.

Christmas On The Fox art and qualification show

Where: Prairie Events Center, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles

When: Nov. 26 and 27

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days

Admission: $3

Information: (630) 397-1151, or

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26-27, Kane County Fairgrounds’ Prairie Events Center in St. Charles becomes a desirable anniversary remit from mall merchandising and complete internet marketing. The environment overflows with a sights, sounds, fragrances and pristine fun of a gratifying season. Admission is $3. Parking is plenty and free. Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville provides a catered lunch — a juicy diversion from those entire holiday leftovers.

Where else can we bond with disdainful one-of-a-kinds, such as stone oil candles done with stones and fossils, sequence mail jewelry, hand-built pottery and penny rug-style garlands?

The juried marketplace is constructed by Art of a Heartland and facilities some-more than 90 appealing booths abundantly stocked with equipment never accessible elsewhere. All sell is done in America and presented privately by a gifted workman creators. To validate for a show, Art of a Heartland’s CEO Robin Reed requires artisans to contention photos of finished equipment prisoner in a “messy” workplace with reserve in a background.

“The purpose is to infer that a workman creates a equipment rather than shopping them indiscriminate for resale,” says Reed. She believes successful art and qualification shows contingency be obliged for charity a far-reaching accumulation of tip peculiarity sell and be fun to attend.

“I wish visitors to travel out of a uncover with smiles on their faces, formulation their outing behind subsequent year,” says Reed, whose family-owned association produces several renouned Fox Valley area shows, including West Dundee’s Heritage Fest Arts and Crafts and Antique shows, My Favorite Things Market (formerly The Country Folk Art Festival), Autumn on a Fox and Christmas on a Fox.

Under Reed’s sharp eye, a Christmas venue sparkles. Fragrant aflame Frazier fir trees, large garlands, wreaths and other uninformed anniversary greenery from Heinz Brothers Greenhouse and Garden Centers assistance set a mood.

The rarely expected annual uncover can be counted on to offer something for each shopper. At each cost point.

Need to freshen your possess home taste before we start decking your halls and walls? Cathy Laughery’s “vintage upscale” holiday houses, boxes, clocks and some-more are an desirous touch. How about a square from artist Joanna Bolton’s dainty 2016 collection of papier-mâché figurines? But keep an eye out for Jennifer Todd’s penny rug-style ornaments, garlands, candle mats and runners. Maybe a gratifying holiday floral from Debby Crist?

A worldly stewardess on your present list competence flip for Brooke Davis’s palm chiseled slab cheeseboards. Or Ingrid Mitchell’s stunningly repurposed bottles (half a deduction assistance support Gages Lake-based Laremont School for Special Needs Students).

Treat your favorite fashionista to a stylish hand-crocheted chapeau (and maybe a relating scarf) by Darla Boyce-Frey and her mom, Shawna. Bridget Nodurft’s selected fabric-clad handbags and totes make clever character statements, as well.

Cindy Payne of The Farmhouse in Plainfield offers a engorgement of deftly repurposed equipment — holiday stockings for your mantel, deftly updated accessories and seat that make eyes pop.

A favorite child child will adore any of Ross Joy’s domestic wooden toys. Little girls covet Connie Johnson’s fleece wraps and doll apparel.

Stock a family’s holiday honeyed list with toffee, turtles, pretzels and some-more from Carol Ann’s Candies and epicurean cookies from’s booth. Add a few of Kim Kirk’s drop and cheesecake mixes. And on a delicious side, it competence not harm to batch adult on a integrate of varieties of Mary and Chris Ginder’s Gindos prohibited sauces.

Don’t skip Peterine Svoboda’s embellished anniversary decor, Kathy Roller’s “woolies” and folk art, Mary Harman-May’s baskets and embellished pretties, Santa pillows and other holiday decor. And there’s much, most more. Come and see for yourself. It’s a fun time that will win we regard when a gifts are opened.

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