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Find Unique Gifts, Pamper your Spirit and Have a Ball in Caroline County!

Have you ever said....

The malls are crazy in December!
Those super-stores are a pain - and so huge!
I just don't know what to get {so and so} this season - she's so hard to buy for!
I want to buy local this year and support the Mid Shore community!
To heck with Christmas crazy - I just want to have FUN!

Well, fret no more - because here's the solution! Get thee to these two open houses in Caroline County - have a blast, pamper yourself, and get original (and most welcome) gifts for everyone on your list! 

Saturday, December 1st 10am-6pm: Go to Outstanding Dreams Farm [24480 Pinetown Rd Preston,MD] to play with an alpaca, chat with Phil and Vickie Liske, and lose yourself in the luxurious warmth of alpaca knitwear - it's amazing! Their alpaca store has a large assortment of gifts and sundries - all of the finest quality - and many homemade. Alpaca wool gloves will certainly feel good this snowy winter! If you can't make the open house you can still enjoy the store and many gift offerings - give them a call!

Sunday, December 9  1-4pm: Visit Cindy Draper & Associates [311 Franklin St Denton, MD] for their Holiday Open House! This is THE place to go for massages, reiki, acupuncture, foot reflexology and more. Just walking into the Denton historic home is enough to lower your blood pressure a few points. Who wouldn't love a gift certificate for a full body massage ($60)?  The open house will feature many types of gifts, including essential oil products, photographs, afghans, teas, jewelry and more. Don't miss it!

Building a Strong Mid-Shore with a Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts!

Did you know that for every $100 you spend with an independently owned local store $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures? Spend that same money at a national chain store and $43 stays here. Spend it online and $0 is returned to the community. [check out the 3/50 Project for more information] 

This year Mid Shore Life is setting up the Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts to promote and encourage everyone to keep those hard earned dollars on the Shore. All types of gifts will be showcased, including traditional presents, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to local shows, sports lessons, art classes and more. Think funky, original - and LOCAL! 

Right now we're busy gathering gifts and businesses to be included - so spread the word! Contact me at cyndi@ how to place a bet in vegas online www.kirksinshorecharter.com or 443.993.3823 for details on how to be included.  These next two weeks will be crucial - we need to get the gifts listed early to beat the holiday rush!  Thank you!

Christmas Shopping Season Begins November 6 at Robin Hood Shop

The Robin Hood Shop’s annual Christmas Showcase begins on Tuesday, November 6 at 9 a.m. Featured merchandise will include Christmas decorations, toys, gift items, clothing and fashion accessories. The shop will be closed on Monday, November 5 to prepare for this annual event.

Shoppers who come to the Christmas Showcase on November 6 can also purchase raffle tickets to win a basket of holiday-themed prizes. The showcase will continue through the holiday season with new merchandise available daily.

Volunteers from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary operate the Robin Hood Shop, located at 416 High Street in Cambridge.  Proceeds from the shop benefit programs and services of Dorchester General Hospital.

The Robin Hood Shop is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about making a tax deductible donation and joining the Auxiliary as a volunteer, call 410-228-6339.

BEAD TRUNK SHOW: Make your own jewelry!





Come to our Bead Trunk Show! Free Admission!







Antiques: Always in Style

Final preparations are underway for the 19th Annual Charity Antiques, Jewelry & Art Show which will be held March 23, 24 and 25 at the Waterfowl Festival Building on South Harrison Street in Easton. 

Twenty dealers will have exquisite 18th and 19th century English and American furniture, clocks, porcelains, and accessories for the home on display and available for purchase.  Among the dealers returning from last year’s show are Adair and Halligan, who will bring wonderful antique carpets and fine art; Crawford DePrince with beautiful antique and estate jewelry that is always a show favorite; Gallery at Summerhill with garden antiques and prints; At the Sign of the Sycamore with unusual Victorian silver, crystal and porcelain.  New this year are Blue Diamond (MI) with a wonderful selection of flow blue china, Guilford & Company with estate jewelry and The Old Board with English smalls.  

Give Art for the Holidays Continues: Art Raffle; Harp & Horton to Sign New Book Swanfall

Tired of shopping at crowded, noisy malls?  Come join us at the Main Street Gallery in Cambridge, MD, for a two-month long exhibit of artwork that is perfect for a holiday gift.  Here you can shop for truly unique items from some of Maryland's best crafts people and fine artists.   

This multi-media show, Art for the Holidays, includes every category of art and craft.  Paintings, drawings, photographs, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fabric art, woodwork, and other items for that special person on your gift list will be on display.   Come stroll through our beautiful facility and meet the creative participating artists at our Second Saturday reception.

For this exhibit, Main Street Gallery's resident artists will show smaller works, suitably sized and priced for gift-giving.   They will be joined by other artists and crafts people to bring you a wide variety of artwork.  "Handmade, local art, given as a gift, is not only a tribute to the Eastern Shore region and its people, but is a gift to last a lifetime," said Main Street's Director, Fran Saunders. "We hope everyone will visit us during this holiday season."

Art for the Holidays opened on November 4, 2011 and runs through December 30.  A reception will be held on December 10, from 5 to 9pm.  Light snacks and beverages will be available.


            Unique holiday gifts are available at the Dorchester Center for the Arts. The Center has a sizeable gift shop, called Studioworks, which offers many specialty items. Included in the inventory are works from local artists that include paintings, photographs, pottery, books, glassware, music, jewelry and much more.

            Newly added to the inventory are teddy bears called “Bearlooms”, which are the creations of Woolford artist Martha Spray. These designed and cut bears are made from fine wools, including cashmere, camel hair and Angora goat mohair. They are assembled with a combination of machine and hand sewing, however some are made completely by hand. Although patterns are similar, each bear is unique in its finished design.

Alpaca Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House here at our Farm Store on Saturday, December 3 from 10am-6pm.

The Open House will feature our full line up of alpaca products, such as hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, toys, & our biggest seller, the wonderful PACA Socks, which will be on special for the event!

There will also be door prize drawings hourly & we are selling raffle tickets for a life size stuffed alpaca toy, which is the size of an alpaca cria & retails for $389. Drawing is to be held the Saturday before Christmas.

The alpacas will also be on display & I will be available to give personal tours, making this a truly unique shopping experience!  - Phil Liske, Outstanding Dreams Farm


Scarves, purses, gifts, baked goods and raffle!  Win one of several items of jewelry donated by local businesses.   BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT GREAT PRICES, RECYCLE AND GIVE TO A GOOD CAUSE!  December 3, 2011 12 - 3 pm and 6 – until!

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

304 S. Talbot Street  St. Michaels, MD 21663  410-745-2534 

“Heck with the Malls!” Queen Anne's County celebrates their artists and crafters

December 3:  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Experience holiday shopping at its best with artists, artisans and fine crafters, and a town wide open house. In its 16th year, this annual event is a must do! Featuring hand crafted jewelry, holiday ornaments, original paintings, photography, ceramics, wood sculpture, artisan created fashions and home accessories, book signings, pictures with Santa and more. Downtown Centreville merchants will have extra discounts and refreshments for holiday shoppers. Find QACAC artisans at two locations: The Centre for the Arts in Centreville, 206 South Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520, and at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 302 S. Liberty St., Centreville, MD. 410-758-1553. Free. Sponsored by PNC Bank.

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