New Town celebrates holidays with crafts, parade
By Edna Sailor
The weather cooperated with comfortable temperatures and little wind last weekend to help New Town Merchants and the community share some holiday cheer at the Annual Parade of Lights, Craft Fair and Walkabout. From start to finish treats were plentiful. It was a delightful day of color, music, laughter and sharing.
The Craft Fair provided ample opportunity for crafters and Christmas shoppers to get the selling and buying done in one setting and enjoy fare offered there as well. Home crafted gifts just never seem to go out of style. Twenty-two vendors from eight communities and two states filled the civic center for the day.
One prospective buyer said, "I would much rather give homemade gifts but I don’t do any of this myself."
Vendors arrived with their boxes and trunks from as far away as Arizona, Grand Forks, Minot, Washburn and Stanley. Arizona distributers included Sue Yatzie with her abundant array of Native American jewelry, beadwork and sand paintings. Fourth generation vendor, Clinton Tice, offered hand-made, one of kind gemstone jewelry. The craft show circuit is an extension of their businesses in Minot, South Dakota and Arizona. The family has been making unique gem jewelry for 50 years.