Northern Virginia Christmas Market Press Info

Event: 20th Annual Northern Virginia Christmas Market
Dates: November 8-10, 2013
Times: Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Location: Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153
(Off Rt. 66 at the intersection of Willard Road & Route 28)
For detailed directions visit www.dullesexpo.com or call 703-378-0910
Admission: $8 Adults; Children 12 and under Free (For $1 off admission, bring a canned food donation to benefit the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia); Free parking and second day return. ATM on premises
Producers: Events Management Group, Inc., P. O. Box 909, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
 

 
It happens only once a year! The Northern Virginia Christmas Market returns to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA on November 8-10, 2013 featuring 250 juried artisans from across the country offering fine arts, functional and decorative pottery, handcrafted jewelry, stained glass, woodcrafts, photography, toys, collectible bears, fiber arts and much more. From whimsical to country, contemporary to casual, it's the finest collection of affordable crafts in the region, including thousands of creatively-made gifts, fresh holiday decorating ideas and one-of-a-kind Christmas collectibles. Whether you're a twenty-something or a baby-boomer, there’s something unique and extraordinary for every taste and budget.
 
Not just another country craft show; it's a huge holiday marketplace. In addition to the thousands of handmade crafts there will be over twenty “Taste of the Holidays” specialty food vendors offering gift-packaged gourmet fare such as almond pound cakes, holiday cookies, spicy salsas, soup and dip mixes, fudge, Virginia Peanuts and homemade jams and jellies. These goodies are ideal for creating gift baskets, loading up Santa’s stockings and gathering hard-to-find executive and hostess gifts.
 
Notable new artists and returning favorites include:
  • Sarah Dwyer - Choquette - artisan small batch chocolates and confections with images on top
  • Pamela Hoke - PLH Collection - Chic & shabby furnishings - handcrafted pillows, painted furniture. Customers say “Like a mini Anthropologie Store!”
  • Kate Klip Glass - amazing hand blown coastal ornaments, mermaids and all things seaworthy to hang in your window or on your tree, as well as her original hand blown Christmas Pickle!
  • Mike Green - Flutterface - Each "FlutterFace" depicts a subject or design that is replicated, overlaid, and multiplied into a geometric-kaleidoscopic pattern creating the illusion of a blossom, a pinwheel of colors that multiplies the beauty and appeal of the original subject. Mike will even customize a Flutterface for you based on your fabvorite image, photo, pet, or nature object.
  • Barbara Mobarak - Island Textile Company - creates colorful textiles and clothing made of imported African fabrics with deep hues and textures that compliment the style of the garment.
  • Amanda Hart & Melissa Quackenbush - Sabrosa Salt Company are two sisters who know how to spice up a kitchen. They will be bringing their Sabrosa Salt mixtures which when combined with a favorite dish, bring out delicious new flavors and when enhanced with special olive oil blends can turn a little slice of bread into a little slice of heaven!
  • Holly Hagen with Creative Capes - thinks every child is a hero. She makes colorful capes and masks for little ones so that they can be any super hero they want to be!
  • Leynal Arias of One Million Roses - He and his wife make personalized wire fabricated mini-sculptures.
 
Returning Favorites
  • Paul McGovern with the San Francisco Sock Company - returns with his hand dyed bamboo apparel. If you haven't worn a pair of bamboo socks, you are in for a real treat.
  • Melissa Lettick - Better known as 'The Herb Lady" - returns with her botanical potpourri, grown and blended by her in small batches to assure a high level of fragrance.
  • Penny Ogle, AKA the Tee Pee Lady - returns with her color variety of childrens' tee pee's! Why make a fort out of a blanket, when you can have a hand made tee pee to hide in?
 
Food banks are experiencing a critical shortage of supplies as donations drop and demand for free and discounted food continues to soar. The Northern Virginia Christmas Market holds a major food drive each year benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank by offering $1 off admission to attendees donating cans of non-perishable food. Last year over 2 tons of food was collected during the 3-day event.
 
Serving the DC area for over 25 years, The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Last year the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 20 million pounds of food through more than 700 partner agencies in the region. For more information: CapitalAreaFoodBank.org
 

 

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