The Holiday Guide
City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.
Bazaart: Artful Shopping Extravaganza, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26, Jim Rouse Visionary Center, third floor, American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, www.avam.org. Fifty crafty bastards have been as busy as Santa’s elves creating unique and totally awesome potential gifties for you to browse while munching and sipping yums in our city’s favorite crazy museum.
Christmas Village Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road, (410) 828-7476. The whole fame can dig this holiday event, as there will be crafts, a Christmas shop, children’s games, and pictures with Santa. There will even be a hot lunch with tasty desserts to bolster you through the activities.
Fall Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25-26, Rock Hall Fire House, Rock Hall, (410) 778-1432, $2. The Country Crafts Guild has the kind of tchotchkes you can’t live without—bottle stoppers, folk art, pottery, needlework, mouse pads, carved gourds, window clings, hand-crocheted ponchos . . . we’re running out of room, but you get the idea. Admission fees benefit the Rock Hall Fire Department.
Holiday Arts Weekend, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 19-20, The Mill Centre, 3000 Chestnut Ave., (410) 821-6289. The Mill Centre artists and a few special guests display their works. Get to know the masters behind their art. Pieces will be for sale, providing you an opportunity to give that special someone a truly original gift created by a local artist.
Holiday Bazaar, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Doyle Formal Lounge, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., (410) 532-5542, www.ndm.edu. Check out the variety of crafts, jewelry, glassware, handbags, and more. If you get there early enough, stop in for breakfast with Santa.
Holly Fest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 19, Friends School gymnasiums, 5114 N. Charles St., (410) 666-3120. This year, there is no excuse for you giving the Chia Pet—not when Holly Fest is sporting over 70 artisans and crafters. All your purchases benefit Friends School programs and activities.
Home for the Holidays, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-22, Meredith Gallery, 805 N. Charles St., (410) 835-3575, website. If you think leather La-Z-Boy when you envision furniture on display, guess again. This is “furn-art-ture” folks, quite possibly the funkiest furniture, gifts, and accessories you can buy for your home.
Johns Hopkins University Press Holiday Book Sale, noon-6 p.m. Dec. 2, Homewood House, 3400 N. Charles St., (410) 516-5589. Authors will be present for book signings and there will be refreshments, too. Perhaps a nice alternative to elbowing through the crowds at Borders and Barnes and Noble.
Midnight Madness, 6 p.m.-midnight Dec. 8 and 15, Downtown Annapolis, (410) 280-0445, www.visitannapolis.org. It’s too good to be true—shops that are open late enough to fit your crazy schedule. This block party will feature musical performances, and the stores will lure you in with their food and refreshments. Holiday shopping is rarely this entertaining.
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