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Holiday shoppers flock to festivals

November 16, 2002

Albany- 'Tis the season...to go Christmas shopping that is, and many people are marching to the mall. "I like it, except the crowds," says one mall shopper.

This year some are avoiding mall crowds and flocking to festivals like Sherwood Christian Academy's Southern Christmas Arts and Crafts show.

Many say the handmade crafts add a personal touch to Christmas gifts. "I'm very impressed. It's a delightful show; good variety, good everything," adds shopper Cissy Cooper.

They even had food and entertainment. If you didn't find what you were looking for there, you could head over to the Holly Berry Market at St. Teresa's School where they served up gourmet foods.

"We have quiche Lorraine with ham and Swiss cheese. The other main entree is chicken salad. It has craisens in it which make it chewy and yummy with nuts and apples. The other entree is roast beef and cheese; we wrapped that in a holiday wrap," explains Holly Berry Market Chef Marylou Gamache.

Crafters even showed off their one of a kind gifts like one artist who sold painted ice skates. "I just thought it would be something interesting. I'm from up north, and skates are a little easier to get up there, so it would be something different people wouldn't see around here," says artist Elaine Janes.

Kids even visited Santa's Workshop where they could go shopping and everything was one dollar.

And after kids went shopping they could spend a little time with the big guy, Santa.

The proceeds from both the Sherwood show and the St. Teresa's market will go to benefit each church's school.

Posted at 4:05 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com