Nehalem Bay Area hosts three gift fairs

Shopping locally has become a popular way to support one’s community and here in the Nehalem Bay area we all can do that on Saturday Dec 5th from 10-4.  Three venues will be holding a Holiday Market/Bazaar featuring an interesting variety of local goods: the White Clover Grange near Mohler, Fulcrum’s Alternative Gift Market at the Pine Grove in Manzanita and the Methodist Church in Nehalem.

White Clover Grange, 36585 Hwy 53, about 2 miles east of Hwy 101, landmarked by a humorous cow sculpture, will emphasize locally produced food items, including Lance’s Farm Vittles (Christmas hams and other meats), Green Fork Gardens winter produce, Tallwoman Tonics herbals, the Blue Eyed Baker, and an intriguing variety of locally produced crafts, jams, pickles, garlic braids, bird houses, soaps, handspun yarn, handmade and upcycled Christmas ornaments, and knitted hats. To top off the Grange bazaar, there will be a 2 prize raffle—win a quilt or a large pasture raised turkey. Grange members will host Annie’s coffee corner (free coffee), and also offer a Reuben sandwich lunch in the downstairs dining room from 11-2.  All proceeds go to maintaining the historic building, built in 1920 as the Mohler Schoolhouse, and now serving the community for Grange meetings, weddings, flea markets, dances, family reunions and a community shelter.  For directions and more information about the White Clover Grange go to

The Alternative Gift Market, Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, transforms gift giving by providing an opportunity for people to give hope and here the local goods are not necessarily products. Up to a dozen local nonprofits will be on hand to talk about their work and how they enhance our community by protecting the environment, supporting women, children, and special needs, promoting health and food security, sheltering pets and fighting poverty.  So far the local nonprofits that will be in attendance are:  The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council; Muddnick Foundation; Nehalem Valley Farm Trust; Sammy’s Place; Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center; Friends of NCRD; Food Bank, Tillamook Animal Shelter and CARE. Some of these will also have items for sale.  In addition to the local nonprofits, Alternative Gifts International selects 30 international projects that relieve suffering around the world and these will also be presented.  Shoppers are able to donate to any of these worthy organizations from near and far. Then they receive gift cards to give friends and loved ones to say a gift was made in their name to a cause that will benefit others. Organizers encourage shoppers to bring their checkbooks instead of credit cards as it adds to event costs to process the credit cards.  Soup and bread provide the sustenance at this venue.  The 11th annual Market is again sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources, whose mission is to create sustainability in north Tillamook County. For more information, call 503-368-6874.

Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, 45th Annual Christmas Bazaar & Clam Chowder Luncheon, 10th & A Streets, Nehalem. This long-running bazaar not only features handcrafted items and baked goods made by the women of the church but their famous clam chowder as well. The chowder is made using a “from scratch” recipe that started with June Johnson who resided in Manzanita many years ago. It has changed very little and still includes hand chopped vegetables, cream, and an abundance of clams prepared in the church’s approved Health Department kitchen.  There is also veggie soup along with pie and ice cream.   The wide selection of handmade items includes candy, jams and jellies, Christmas ornaments and cards as well as beautiful roses created by one of our members.   There will be ready-to-give baskets, beautiful needle work and other crafts.  Several outside vendors will also be on site with a wide variety of handcrafted items such as rocks and gems, baby items, baked breads and rolls, jewelry, cards, birdhouses, and beautiful crocheted gifts.  Changes to the Bazaar this year include adding some Christmas-only tables where you can find decorations and gifts and making Granny’s Attic Rummage Sale a stand-alone event in the spring.  For the second year in a row the Silent Auction will be held from 10-2 with items from local businesses and individuals.  Monies raised during the bazaar go to support their various Mission Projects such as Marie Mills, North County Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Secret Angles, and Women’s Resource Center as well as national and international missions.  For more information call 503-368-5612.

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