It’s starting to look a lot like crafts


An artisan sells balsamic vinegar to the mother of all Carson Valley craft fairs, Candy Dance.

Santa and his elves may not be ready to come to town just yet, but several craft fairs are.

A Touch of Class kicks off the annual holiday craft fairs and shops October 28-30 at the Carson Valley Inn.

Many fairs celebrate traditions and are eager to return after restrictions from the coronavirus last year.

A Touch of Class celebrates its 20th anniversary in Carson Valley.

Sue Bennett started A Touch of Class 20 years ago by turning her home into a vacation boutique. According to, Bennett completely removed all of his furniture and displayed and sold unique items created by local artisans around his home.

The four-day show has become a popular shopping experience for many, but has also become a huge amount of work and wear and tear for Bennett’s house. It was then that the store moved to the Carson Valley Inn, where it has been known for several years.

A Touch Class supports many local organizations with its recipes, including The Douglas County Food Pantry, Kids Fishing Derby, Ruhenstroth Fire Department, Austin’s House, City of Hope, The Douglas County Explores, and the Boys and Girls Club.

More than 20 handmade works of different artisans will be on display this year without booths to provide shoppers with the experience of a boutique. Buyers can expect to find hand turned wood, cement planters, fused glass, Thanksgiving, Fall and Christmas items and gifts, kitchen accessories and home decor, hand-woven and crochet scarves and blankets, jewelry and more.

New this year is Kids Corner, which will feature handcrafted crafts from children aged 8-16.

A Touch of Class Craft Shop will be held October 28-30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carson Valley Inn Ballroom. Entrance is free with hourly door prizes. For more information, visit

The Catholic Church of St. Gallen will host its holiday shop on November 6. Holiday decorations and gift ideas can be found as well as a special gift-buying room for children to purchase for family and friends. The Holiday Shop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 6 at the church, 1343 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville. For more information, call 775-782-2852.

Right next door is the 40-year-old Carson Valley Methodist Church’s Heavenly Holiday Faire, which features hundreds of handcrafted gifts, holiday decorations, baked goods, candy and more. Santa will visit the Carson Valley during this time and read stories with the children before returning home to complete his preparations. After story time with Santa Claus, children can go shopping at the “Kids Only” market. All buyers can look forward to a chili lunch and silent auction.

The Heavenly Feasts 2021 Craft Fair will be held on November 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. For more information, call 775-782-4600.

The following weekend, the gymnasium, dining room, halls and classrooms of the Douglas County Community Center will be crowded with at least 100 local craft vendors for the annual de Young’s Holiday Craft Fair. At Heart.

Young At Heart member Kathryn Clark said the craft fair is something the community has been looking forward to for many years and after having to cancel due to coronavirus restrictions last year, everyone is looking forward to it. forward to the return of the shopping experience.

Clark said the craft fair was created by Ester Hildebrand to be used as a fundraiser for the local senior citizen and community center and has quickly become one of the valley’s most anticipated vacation shopping experiences with 100 vendors from across the region offering superior quality. handmade crafts, including painted pottery and wood, knitted and crocheted quilts, blankets and clothing, and more.

Clark said she buys all of her Christmas presents here.

“I bought every year,” said Clark. “I always find something at the craft fair. If you like to give original, homemade gifts, the Craft Fair is the place to go.

The YAH Craft Fair will be held November 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and November 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Proceeds from the fair support local soup programs and other services for seniors in Douglas County. Entrance and parking are free. For more information, email [email protected] or call 775-266-8781.


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