Halloween is over so you know what that means. It means we kind of gloss over Thanksgiving and go straight into the beginning of the Christmas frenzy. You know it’s coming when you start seeing …
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Halloween is over so you know what that means. It means we kind of gloss over Thanksgiving and go straight into the beginning of the Christmas frenzy. You know it’s coming when you start seeing those ads on television for perfumes that make absolutely no sense what so ever. Scenes out of some kind of glamorous yet bizarre nightmare of beautiful people that are supposed to make you think they smell good followed by the just the name of the perfume or cologne. Twenty eight seconds of wondering followed by a two second brand name you’ll probably forget before the next commercial break.
It’s become such a ritual, these holiday ads that pop up every year, that they have practically become a tradition in themselves. You get the jewelry store ads with this year’s catch phrase or their decades old mottos. That’s usually followed by the ads for cars with those giant bows and ribbons that probably cost as much as a car payment. Then there are the “as seen on TV” products that show the same ads all year but just add “makes a great gift” as their tag line. Those are the guys that offer a second one free, just pay a separate fee. I still don’t understand how it’s free if you are paying a fee. Then there are the holiday star light wars. Every year there seems to be a new company making a copy of the old company’s projection lights with a minor twist in their offering. I’m predicting a half dozen companies on the air hawking different ways to turn your house into a festive planetarium or outdoor theater. Just when we get to escape the barrage of political ads trying to influence your votes we get two months of product ads trying to influence your gift lists. Well, ’tis the season, I guess.
Maybe some of you enjoy all of that, and I don’t want to seem like a Scrooge. I actually really love the holidays, just don’t really like the high pressure aspects of the whole thing.
So, if you feel the same way, I’m going to mention a couple of more places to shop for things that nobody else has, are hand crafted and retain their value, mean more to the recipient because they are unique and support local artists and craftsmen.
The first is an absolute requirement for my family when it comes to finding a gift. It’s the Foothills Art Center’s annual Holiday Art Market. It features the works of over 80 Colorado artists working in the highest standards of handcraft. There’s truly something for everyone and you can find things in every price range. They have fine ceramics, fiber art, glasswork, jewelry (both high end and costume), paintings, woodworking, photography, holiday items (like Christmas ornaments), and fun, whimsical things you can’t even imagine. This is where I always look for special cards for members of my immediate family. They have a great selection of heirloom quality cards there at reasonable prices.
It takes over the entire Center and runs daily beginning on Nov. 16 and ending on Dec. 30. Admission is free and members always receive a discount. The Foothills Art Center is located at 809 15th Street in Golden and you can get more information by calling (303) 279-3922 or online at www.foothillsartcenter.org.
Now, another huge show is this year’s Colorado Community Media Holiday Craft Show and Mini Market happening at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds. That’s our publisher and they will be presenting a whopper of a craft fair. It’s happening on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This one features unique and different gifts that have been handmade by local artists, crafters, designers and professionals. You can get some of the best prices from more than 100 crafters. I’m serious, there are too many things available to list here. It’s a real bonanza.
Just go our web page at www.coloradocommunitymedia.com/craftshow/ and look at the calendar. That lists all the categories of what’s available. It’s worth typing in that long web address. Or, just show up over there. Admission to the show is free.
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds is located at 15200 W. 6th Ave Frontage Rd, in Golden.
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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