The Hippo


Jun 4, 2020








Creating fresh wreaths with Beaver Brook Nature Center. Courtesy photo.

Holiday Bazaar Weekend

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Labelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst
With Beaver Brook Nature Center and League of NH Craftsmen
See: for craft workshop prices and registration

Bazaar weekend
Buy a handmade craft or make one yourself

By Allie Ginwala

 Handmade crafts, fine art and wine — the third annual Holiday Bazaar Weekend at Labelle Winery on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, will be a haven of creativity and holiday spirit. The event will feature a juried craft fair, art exhibit, wine tastings and holiday craft workshops. 

Michelle Thornton, director of sales, program and business development at Labelle Winery, said that a bazaar centered on the arts fits perfectly into the winery’s environment. 
“We look at what we do here with making wine as creating consumable art; you taste it, you smell it,” she said. 
Hosting the bazaar gives another outlet for encouraging different forms of creativity. 
“You can see people doing little demos; it’s very tactile,” she said. “You are really creating from within.”
Labelle partnered with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, McGowan Fine Art and Beaver Brook Nature Center to bring a wide selection of activities to the guests.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will lead a juried craft fair from local vendors with items such as jewelry, clay, weaving and ceramics. The League will also have craft workshops where guests can make an elf ornament or a leather tree star. 
“[It’s] a well-rounded day,” Thornton said. “It’s a much more peaceful environment for shopping and being creative.”
Thornton said that the winery will offer wine tasting throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday and their gift shop and bistro will also be open. Most of the activities are open for drop-ins, but the wreath-making workshop held by Beaver Brook Nature Center requires pre-registration so the staff knows how many greens to supply.
The wreathing-making workshop is one of Beaver Brook’s signature seasonal events. Celeste Philbrick Barr, director of education and community affairs, will serve as instructor for the weekend, guiding guests as they make their wreaths. 
She said a “truckload of greens” of all sizes, like laurel, hemlock and white pine, will be delivered from their property in Hollis. The staff harvests the greens a day or so before the event to ensure freshness. 
The workshop includes hands-on crafting instruction as well as instruction “about what the plants are, how they grow and … how to take some of their greens and not harm them,” Philbrick Barr said. 
She likes to share the process of gathering the greens, telling people how to do it safely for themselves and the plants. 
“It’s a natural way to get into the holiday spirit,” she said.
“The thing I love about it [the workshop] is everyone leaves with something beautiful; no two look the same,” Philbrick Barr said. 
She observes the different styles of wreath that tell a little bit about a person’s personality. 
“You’ll have very tidy and uniformly assembled wreaths and then you’ll have [ones with] big long branches, giant and wild looking,” she said. 
The workshop is intended for teenagers and adults, as it does take a bit of manual dexterity, Philbrick Barr said, but no previous experience is needed.  
“It allows for imperfections. I think that is one of the beauties,” she said. “This is such a nice way to kick off their holiday season.” 
As seen in the December 4, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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