Crafters plan ‘old-fashioned Christmas in downtown Ramona’

Ramona crafters have been working with Main Street business owners between Fourth and 10th streets to extend their hours Dec. 1 and 2 for evening shopping.

The extended hours coincide with the crafters’ “In Your Own Backyard” Holiday Craft Fair in Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St., Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3.

The craft fair will be in the east and west wings of Town Hall as well as in the garden area behind Town Hall. Up to 25 vendors will present hand-crafted items they say are “just perfect for the holiday gift-giving season.”

Town Hall trustees will give tours of the historic building and talk about its history and their plans for additional restoration.

Proceeds from vendor registration will be donated to the Town Hall Restoration Fund. The crafters last year donated $600 toward the restoration project.

Craft fair hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Participating merchants will keep their shops open until 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2.

“Events will be happing at many of the businesses to get everyone in the Christmas spirit,” said Vicki Franano, Ramona crafter and Holiday Craft Fair publicist.

Packard’s Coffee House is offering opportunity drawing baskets for shoppers who visit 10 businesses, have business representatives sign a verification form, and return it to Packard’s at Seventh and Main streets for the drawing.

Santa will be in front of Packard’s for pictures with all who donate a new toy for a needy child.

“This is a great time of year to support our downtown Ramona businesses and see the wonderful things they all have to offer,” said Franano.

Adding to the festivities, event organizers are looking for groups interested in singing, playing or performing along Main Street, said Franano.

Those interested in promoting their business or performing Christmas music are asked to contact Nora Seidl at 760-787-9455.

“We hope you will join us for an old-fashioned Christmas in downtown Ramona,” said Franano.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Nov 25 2011. Filed under Arts/Entertainment. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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