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Lake Chapala Society’s Annual Art and Craft Fair

Every year the Lake Chapala Society puts on an art and craft fair in their back garden area. This year it was on Saturday, November 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  I went when the gate opened and stayed until almost the end. It was well attended and there were so many interesting things to see that I kept on hanging out. I ran into many friends. I ate some delicious food. It was great fun.

Entrance to the Art and Craft Fair
Entrance to the Art and Craft Fair

During most of the day the place was crowded. This event is always popular with the buyers and the sellers. It is a good place to get early Christmas gifts and also to visit with friends. It is for the Expats and the Mexicans. I like to be in social events that are attended by both communities.

The Crowd at the Fair
The Crowd at the Fair

I always enjoy watching the Mexican women make their traditional dishes. Of course I like to eat those dishes too.

Women selling Mexican Food
Women selling Mexican Food

Lake Chapala Society members had a pancake breakfast. Everyone raved about them. They also sold Bloody Mary drinks, Screwdrivers, Beer, wine and soft drinks.

Pancakes
Pancakes

Another part of the fundraiser for Lake Chapala Society was the library book sale. I bought many great books for less than fifty cents each. Can’t beat that price.

Book Sale
Book Sale

Since this event was so soon after the Day of the Dead celebrations, there was an altar set up for the founder of LCS, Neill James. If it weren’t for her, LCS wouldn’t even exist. She was a visionary. She was also a world traveler, a writer, a patron of the arts and supporter of arts and crafts for the local Mexicans. I can’t say enough good things about this woman. She was and still is an inspiration.  I read one of her books and I was amazed at her adventurous spirit and her love of humanity, especially of the poor people.

Altar for Neill James
Altar for Neill James

There was a children’s art show and sale. The children were in the back area, busily creating more beautiful drawings to sell.

Children's Art for Sale
Children’s Art for Sale

There was a table set up of beautiful necklaces for the Red Cross. These necklaces can also be special ordered with whistles attached for a safety device.

Red Cross Table
Red Cross Table

Many of the artists and craft people at the fair also sell their wares at the local Wednesday Market. I love to see how some of the Mexicans can take simple materials and turn them into beautiful craft items. The Corn Husk Dolls and flowers are some of them.

Corn Husk Dolls
Corn Husk Dolls

There were handmade clothes and pot holders and even creative material holders for cooking potatoes in the microwave.

Pot Holders and Microwave Potato Cooking Bags
Pot Holders and Microwave Potato Cooking Bags

There were also several pottery tables. There were large sculptures for the garden and small table top pieces.

Pottery
Pottery

The garden at LCS was the perfect place to show these different craft items. It was also a fun place for the children. They loved the fish pond.

Children at the Fish Pond
Children at the Fish Pond

There were many delicious desserts. There were homemade pies, candies and cakes.

These are NOT candies. They are handmade soaps
These are NOT candies. They are handmade soaps

 

Homemade Pies
Homemade Pies

The sale was a huge success. I look forward to the one next year.

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Writer Evelyn

I am a single retired woman living in Ajijic Mexico. I participate in writing informative articles about the Lake Chapala area for AccessLakeChapala.com and hope my posts can give you an idea of what to expect when you visit the area.

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3 thoughts on “Lake Chapala Society’s Annual Art and Craft Fair”

  • Anne Taylor

    November 11, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Love the pictures. My husband and I are coming down early next year to confirm our plans to move and are so excited. We are waiting til after grandbaby # 8 and then heading to Chapala to look around for a rental property. We’d like to rent indefinitely and can hardly wait.

    I look forward to meeting you all next year and attending this fair in person!!

    Anne

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    • The Access Admin

      November 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Look forward to meeting you once you arrive Ann. Will this be your first time to the area?

      Reply
  • Jadwiga Piotuch

    April 5, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I would be more interesting about Art and Creft Fair in Lake Chapala,
    Regards,
    Jadwiga

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