Busy turnout for COS's 20th annual Christmas Craft Fair

Kelsey Shelton
Arden Mather, who shared a booth with his mother, Katie Mather, owner of Nature’s Mosaic, was one of the first children who got a visit from Santa during the craft fair. Arden was selling stone adorned wands.

The College of the Siskiyous 20th annual holiday Craft Fair had a big turnout over the weekend, as vendors from all over Siskiyou County and surrounding areas had their unique handmade crafts, goods, foods, and gifts on display.

Of the 50 vendors, there were a multitude of specialty items, including soaps, holiday gift items, fairy gardens, baked goods, quilting fabrics, scarves, felt crafts, bath bombs, spices, salt and plenty of others. “This show celebrates the beautiful handcrafted products produced by local and regional artisans and crafters,” according to a press release.

Becca Larson of Lake Shastina, owner of Pyroclastic Artisan Chocolates, was excited to be a part of the event. “I’ve been at the Lake Shastina Community Market, held every Tuesday at the Community Center,” she said. “It is my first year in business. I’m new and self taught.”

For her interestingly shaped chocolate confections, she was inspired by the mountain. “We live in the shadow of a volcano. It’s my sky,” she said.

Larson’s confections use no preservatives, no artificial colorings, and only the best ingredients, she said.

Katie Mather, owner of Nature’s Mosaic, travelled from McKinleyville to be a part of the fair. She creates stone art and jewelry. She adorns smooth surfaces with artistic designs, and makes sure to grout her stone art to ensure long lasting pieces.

Scott and Ruth Spires of Redding displayed their metal art. They have been working the craft fair for “10 or 12 years, same spot,” said Scott.

The Spires frequent craft fairs in Siskiyou County, including the COS fair, the Mount Shasta 4th of July celebration, and the Fort Jones Craft Fair, which is where they will be this weekend.

“[Ruth’s] been doing it for 15 years,” Scott said.

During the craft fair, shoppers could enjoy concessions provided by the college, as well as coffee and cocoa to keep warm. Proceeds from Saturday’s entry benefit the COS Student Food Pantry.

The COS Welding Club also had a booth at the craft fair, with its proceeds benefitting the welding program.

Musical entertainment was provided by Tom Scott on Friday and Saturday, and the Strawberry Valley Boys on Saturday.