‘Tis the season

OLAH Shoppe open for holiday business EVART — The holiday season is officially open at the Osceola League for Arts and Humanities which has been transformed into the third annual gala Christmas Shoppe. The colorful front window featuring an old-fashioned Santa and glittering ornaments sets the mood even before you enter. Step inside and enjoy a Christmas village atmosphere, complete with garlands, wreaths, tinsel and sparkling lights—a festive showcase for a fascinating array of gifts, all handcrafted by more than 30 talented artists.

Don’t forget your gift list; there’s something for everyone, from infants and children to the most hard-to-please grown-ups.

Consider an oil painting, or perhaps a watercolor. There are subjects to fit anyone’s taste — wildlife, flowers, birds, landscapes and local landmarks. Choose a large painting of Father Christmas measuring 22 by 28 inches, or a diminutive rural scene just slightly more than 2 inches square.

Many items are displayed in vintage cupboards which add to the nostalgic ambience of the shop. Look for a large selection of knitted, crocheted and embroidered creations including socks, sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens, doilies, towels and pot holders. Browse for distinctive gifts including vases, pottery, stained glass, mosaics, woodcrafts, feather earrings and other jewelry, jewelry boxes, candleholders, handbags, quilts, photography, holiday cards and much more. If you need special touches to deck the halls, look no further. There are quaint and delightful additions to your holiday decor — centerpieces, figurines, snowmen, angels, Christmas stockings, Santas and sleighs. Several beautiful trees hold ornaments of all sizes, shapes and colors to complement your collection of Christmas tree decorations. Choose from hand-sewn cloth or charming wooden ornaments. Some are beaded, some are Victorian in style and others are one-of-a-kind treasures. With prices starting at just $1, pick up several for gifts and stocking stuffers. “It’s almost Christmas time, and they have nice things here,” said Deleada Hubbard from Evart. “I like to shop here and especially like all the different kind of paintings. There is so much talent in our county and I like to look at all the different things they have.” “I appreciate all the work that the league volunteers put in to set up and do such a fabulous job of decorating our Christmas Shoppe,” said Mary Brininstool, league treasurer. “It’s a fun event, and we all have fun getting ready and working in the Shoppe.” The Christmas Shoppe provides a venue for local artists to exhibit their works and a portion of all sales is donated to the league for operating expenses and to sponsor other activities. New artists are always welcome. If you’d like to learn more about the league and how to take part in the Christmas Shoppe or other programs, contact Brininstool at (231) 250-1066 or Renee Tolgo at (231) 388-5749. The Osceola League for Arts and Humanities Christmas Shoppe is at 207 N. Main St., Evart. The Christmas Shoppe is open until Dec. 21, Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.