An early start to Christmas shopping season

New London Community Complex Craft Fair held Nov 4
Story and photos by Jim Brown

Auxiliary power may have been needed to keep the lights on, but the annual New London Community Complex Christmas Craft Fair still went ahead on Sunday, Nov 4, drawing hordes of shoppers looking for that perfect item to slip into a stocking or under a tree.
By early morning close to 3,000 Maritime Electric customers were still without power after a fierce windstorm, with gusts as high as 100 km an hour, lashed PEI. No doubt a good number of them found their way to New London.

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New London based entrepreneur Cristin Sawchuk (Old Home Press) designs distinctive, eye-catching apparel that reflects the unique beauty of Prince Edward Island. She was one of dozens of vendors at the Christmas Craft Fair on Nov 4.

  Kensington Intermediate Senior High students had a table at the Christmas Craft Fair, selling chocolate pretzel candy to raise funds for the school's student council. From left, are Kellie Champion, Jack Ellsworth and John Lockerby.

Sabine Schoenknecht, in photo, and her husband Michael Schoenknecht, operate the Lucky Bee Homestead in Murray Harbour North and were doing a brisk business at the Christmas Craft Fair.

Visitors young, old and in-between descended on the New London Community Complex Sunday, Nov 4 for the organization's much anticipated Christmas Craft Fair.

Helene Bouchard is surrounded by gift-wrapped lavender products at the Christmas Craft Fair. Ms Bouchard operates a lavender farm at her Stanley Bridge property. Her many products include edibles for restaurants and the home.

Kathryn deBree, of Gotta Sew, offers repairs, alterations, custom work, upholstery, mending, zippers, hemming and leatherwork at her home-based business in Kensington.