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PNA’s Winter Festival back for 30th year

This weekend marks the 30th annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The festival is expected to attract more than 4,000 people who will do their holiday shopping amongst the 120 juried crafts booths. There’s also live entertainment all weekend long.

The Winter Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 for the general public, plus a can of food for local food banks. Children 12 and under are free.

You’ll find practical gifts from handmade hats and scarves to whimsical toys and garden art. And hundreds of PNA members have donated handmade goodies for the bake sale. Lunch and espresso also are available in the brick building. Enter the handmade quilt raffle for $1. Drawing will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.

But shopping is only one aspect of the Winter Festival. Equally important is the entertainment. It’s hard to resist music that ranges from Sousa to Marimba. Sedentary Sousa players, Appalachian cloggers, blue grass musicians and Middle Eastern belly dancers will all find their way to one of two stages during the weekend.

Since its beginning, the Winter Festival has served as a fundraiser for the Association…Funds raised help to support a variety of PNA programs such as two soup kitchens, before and after school child care, the art gallery, a tool lending library, community projects for neighbors in need, and a number of community building outreach events.

Check out the Winter Festival website for a complete list of vendors and their locations, plus the entertainment schedule.

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