Buckhorn: No shortage of great gift ideas at the annual Harvest Craft Show


Parking lots were full. for the Harvest Craft Show. People were walking down the path that led behind the community center grounds to the parking lot on the hill, holding some of their new treasures. There was designer clothing, flowers, pottery, gourmet food, jewelry, woodwork and more.

There was Patti Rooke from French Laundry, presenting her creations at the show for the 32nd time. All of the clothing items on display were vintage or made from recycled items such as bed sheets. Flannel pajamas made from flannel sheets, vintage cotton lounge pants, boyfriend shirts that were recycled men’s shirts, recycled pillows covered with leftover fabric from other projects, cashmere wraps, French market baskets with inserts of Patti’s own design were part of her display plus beautifully knitted and crocheted afghans handmade by family and friends.

The Strung Out Sisters offered their catchy and whimsical thread art pieces made with size 10 crochet thread on finished nails. My favorite was the elephant with baby. Lynda Palmer of Lynda’s Unique Designs showcased her one-of-a-kind creations of buttons, shells, feathers, jewelry, thermometers, lighters and anything else that catches Lynda’s eye.

Pets are big on the scene. Burleigh Crafts has delivered the perfect Christmas present for your cat or dog. Do you need a bow tie for kitty? She would love what you bring her from Burleigh Crafts. How about a reversible bandana for Fido to show off his stuff in? And of course, a stocking ready to be stuffed with treats is a necessity.

Cassandra Worrell’s cozy living with microwave popcorn bags, personalized bookmarks, microfiber washcloths, mug rugs and, yes, pet gifts was a popular stop. Darlene at Darling Creations offered custom designs from photos, while 3D Home Sweet Home plaques, ornaments, magnets and stand alone creations attracted buyers.

Princess Products had crocheted hats for adults and children, as well as some very tempting, funky beaded bracelets and earrings. All proceeds from this corner sale went to the Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes in Lindsay. Currently there is a shelter for abused women and children. For these people, a transitional home for re-entry into general society with income-based rent is being built.

There were many gifts that left the property to please dogs, cats and people of all ages. missed it? There will be another one in spring ’23. Stay tuned.

BCC events

A Lasagna Lunch and Loonie Auction is the next event at the BCC featuring Homemade Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and Refreshments on Wednesday October 19th at 12:15pm. A loonie auction follows. Tickets cost $15. Call 705-657-8833 to register.

Don’t forget the ever-popular dinner theater where “A Red Plaid Shirt” is presented by the hall’s bridge players. Diner and comedy takes place on October 28-30, November 4-6 and November 11-12. $45 tickets are on sale now at the center.

Kawartha Land Trust

The Kawartha Land Trust has sponsored a three part webinar series entitled All My Relations: Moving Beyond Species at Risk Conservation. This Indigenous Bioblitz is being held to educate volunteers who have been with KLT for some time about the idea that all species have a purpose and purpose to exist and provide life.

This educational workshop series combines settler and aboriginal perspectives and is moderated by Gary Pritchard of 4 Directions of Conservation Consulting.

Attendees attending all three webinars can then take part in an Indigenous-led Bioblitz at the Dance Nature Sanctuary, a KLT estate outside of Buckhorn. The webinars lay the foundation for understanding and participating in what is happening at bioblitz. More on these events later as I am honored to be a part of these events.


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