Cambria Neighbors Bring Back the Arts & Crafts Fair

Jack Cimo

Written by Jill Turnbow

October 8, 2021

Classical guitarist, Jack Cimo

Thursday, October 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Cambria Neighbors Club will once again host their annual Arts & Crafts Fair at the Cambria Pines Lodge. This year’s fair is open to the public and everyone is invited to either sell their crafts or attend. Previously, the artists and vendor participation had only been open to Neighbors Club members. 

“We’re excited about the changes and look forward to well-attended annual event,” said Program Chair Janet Cooper.

Artists and vendors are invited to sign up for a booth, free to club members, and $25 for non-members. The deadline is October 10 to participate. Most of the fair will be outdoors at the Lodge.  

Lana Cochrun and artwork
Artist Lana Cochrun displaying artwork at the previous Arts & Crafts Fair. 

Cambria Neighbors Club, originally called Cambria Newcomer’s Club, was established in 1996 to give newcomers an opportunity to learn, have fun, and make friends. Events are held each month featuring speakers on a variety of interests, outings, music, and wine tasting trips. This summer the club returned to in-person luncheons, having previously conducted meetings on Zoom.  At that first gathering since the pandemic began, President Cheryl Raiter said, “I looked around and it seemed like everyone was sharing and celebrating old and new friendships.  There was lots of laughter, enjoying good food, and I realized, it was the first time in 14 months we were able to be together to celebrate one another. What a joyful moment.”  

At this year’s event, held mostly outdoors, guests will find artwork and crafts for sale, including handmade cards, knitted and crocheted clothing, jewelry, paintings, mosaics, driftwood creations, holiday ornaments and lots more.  

“This is a great opportunity to find that perfect Christmas gift or a little something for yourself,” Cooper said.

Adding to the festivities is classical guitarist, Jack Cimo.  He is a master of Spanish classics, romantic Italian music, and pieces from Central and South America. Jack will play from 1 to 2 p.m. From noon to 1 p.m., members will enjoy lunch in the Peacock room and then have plenty of time for music and shopping. The fair itself is open to everyone.  

It is not too late to reserve a spot to sell your wares. Artist and craftsmen should contact the Cambria Neighbors Club for details on how to participate.  Email the program chairs, Janet Cooper and Marissa Powells, at CNCCraftFair@gmail.com.  Cooper said the fair would be bigger and better than before, with more vendors and craft booths. “So far we have doubled the number of participants. We’ve worked hard to spread the word. It will be a fun event.”  

For more information, go to Cambrianeighbors.org. 

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