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The tradition continues as Colonel Gray Christmas craft fair marks 25 years

Band members Amelia Crane, left, Will Harrison, Tessa Hood and Evence Wang are looking forward to this weekend’s 25th annual Colonel Gray Christmas Craft Fair. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Band members Amelia Crane, left, Will Harrison, Tessa Hood and Evence Wang are looking forward to this weekend’s 25th annual Colonel Gray Christmas Craft Fair. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The 25th annual Colonel Gray Band Christmas Craft Fair is set for Nov. 17-18 at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown.

This year celebrates a major milestone as the fair originated in 1992 and continues 25 years later as the major fundraiser for the Colonel Gray music department.

This year’s co-chairs, Denise Bulger and Jeannette O'Rielly, have been so impressed by the dedication of both the students and parents.

“The students really take pride in their craft fair, and it shows,” says O'Rielly.

For the past 25 years, band students have rolled up their sleeves and have put on a first class show, everything from greeting the public to playing Christmas music classics and selling wreaths.

The annual fair showcases quality, handcrafted and festive decorations with over 100 vendors and is a wonderful chance to get a start on Christmas shopping.

There will also be a canteen run by the band students, as well as plenty of fudge for sale. In addition, Christmas wreaths will be for sale, and orders will be taken for fresh-Christmas trees.

Band teacher Rowan Fitzgerald will have the award-winning students playing festive music numbers.

“The annual fundraiser continues to be a huge benefit to the band program, mainly because of the dedication from the students and the many volunteers as well as the residents of Charlottetown and abroad who support and make this such a success.

It is such a great festive feeling when you arrive and you can't help but know that the season is just around the corner. Patrons make the annual trek to the school to mark the start of their holiday season.”

 

Fast facts:

- The craft fair runs Nov. 17, 5:30-9 p.m., to Saturday Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Admission is $3 with children under 12 admitted free.

- Colonel Gray High School is located at 175 Spring Spring Park Rd., Charlottetown. The school is wheelchair accessible.

 

 

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