Kriskindlmarkt Goes Virtual for 2020!

Our online holiday market will be open from Tuesday, November 10 through Tuesday, November 24 at 12:00 noon.

You can pick up your item to save on shipping fees, using coupon code LOCALSHOPPER at checkout- then just arrange a time to pick up your items at CFSOTA!

     As with many large events and gatherings in 2020, the realities of COVID-19 have made it necessary for us to reimagine our favorite annual event, Kriskindlmarkt. We have been flexing our creative muscles overtime to come up with ways to carry on the spirit of this year’s Kriskindlmarkt when we cannot feasibly host our usual thousands of visitors in person.

     Our virtual event will give you more shopping days than ever to purchase your favorite artisan-made wares, for yourself or as gifts! We also plan to have special virtual celebrations on the original event dates of November 20-21, including music and special guests.

      In addition to our virtual offerings, this year we are adding a spectacular new in-person experience for the holiday season: The Garden Illumination! A wonderful way to celebrate the holidays in the Alleghany Highlands will debut outdoors this year in the School of the Arts’ garden. The display will include more than 70,000 lights, Christmas music, and a guarantee that no two sparkling nights will be exactly the same!

 

Special Thanks to This Year's Patrons!

The McDowell Family, Hidden Fields Farm
Hidden Fields Farm was founded in 2014 by Robert and Cecille McDowell in the Rich Patch Area of Alleghany County.  As a family owned and operated business, Hidden Fields Farm offers fresh, hand cut Christmas trees and greenery. We also specialize in handmade wreaths, swags, centerpieces, hand tied bows, and other seasonal holiday decor.

SHOP HERE for the McDowell family’s items

The Conner Family, Mill Gap Farms 
We operate Mill Gap Farms – Virginia’s only Certified Organic Maple Syrup producer. We also raise alpacas and sheep on our Monterey, VA farm. Kevin runs the maple syrup business, and Emily creates handwoven scarves and other handmade items from the homegrown fiber and wool. We additionally offer multiple bed and breakfast experiences — you can stay at our farm, or in a nearby cabin retreat in the beautiful Virginia mountains. Visit our links to find out more about our farm and family! 

SHOP HERE for the Conner family’s items

John Stallard, CHEFS Catering
The philosophy is simple. The goal for CHEFS catering is to provide a stress-free and relaxed environment for the client. I truly love what I do. Cooking and guest services have been my life for over thirty years, and I have done it all, from dishwasher, busboy all the way to being an executive chef at a high-end restaurant. Making people happy gives me a great sense of accomplishment. The opportunities are limitless.

Steve Van Buren, Art Nouveau Tiles

While living in Germany, I came across antique tiles manufactured during the Art Nouveau period (1890-1914). These unique and beautiful tiles graced the walls, fireplaces and furniture of old European homes and buildings. During the Art Nouveau period, tile manufacturers were staffed with artists and designers to create these little works of art. Over time I met other collectors and dealers in this small universe of antique tile lovers who were instrumental in educating me on the provenance of these tiles.  When I retired in 2015, I decided to turn my hobby into a small business and share these unique items with others who might also find them unique and beautiful.  

If you see a tile(s) in the image gallery linked below that interests you, please send me an email with the tile number (each tile has a number and description which can be seen by clicking on the image), and I can give you a price quote and answer any questions you might have.

SHOP HERE for Steve’s items

Meet the Vendors Selling in this Year's Virtual Market

Mill Gap Farms- The Conner Family

Virginia’s only Certified Organic Maple Syrup producer, the Conner Family of Mill Gap Farms also raises alpacas and sheep on their Monterey, VA farm. Kevin runs the maple syrup business, and Emily creates handwoven scarves and other handmade items from the homegrown fiber and wool. Additionally, they offer multiple bed and breakfast experiences — you can stay at their farm or in a nearby cabin retreat in the beautiful Virginia mountains. Visit the links to find out more about their farm and family!

SHOP HERE for the Conner family’s items

Occam's Mill- Mac Beard

Occam’s Mill est. April 2020. We offer a wide variety of services and products ranging from surface milling large timber slabs up to 96”x48”x5” to indoor and outdoor custom signage, furniture, garden, home/office décor and kitchenware.
 

Milling services, CNC instruction, custom signage, wooden kit components, home/office/garden decor.

SHOP HERE for Mac’s items

For the Love of Wood- Troy Cottrell & son Kyle

Troy grew up engaged in artisan projects with his father, a talented artist and creative crafter, along with his mother, also a gifted crafter.  Throughout his life, Troy’s work has involved crafting with wood, from small carvings to entire custom homes. “I have a love for wood that I really can’t explain, but I know my life would not be complete without wood in it.”

Troy’s favorite medium is wood because it is so unique. “You can tell one species of wood from another but there are no two trees or blocks of wood identical.”

When you acquire one of Troy’s pieces you can rest assured it is what it is intended to be, because he does not force his way into the creation, and the creation contains part of him. Troy shares, “I don’t really want to part with any of them, but I receive great reward from someone who cares enough to purchase and appreciate it for what it is.”
Most of his creations are finished with food-safe beeswax and linseed oil. It is the Artisan’s hope that you cherish your creation for many years and hopefully pass it on to a loved one.

SHOP HERE for Troy and Kyle’s items

 

Blue Spring Run Farm- Debrena Gordon

My husband and I are the founders and owners of Blue Spring Run Farm and Blue Spring Bath and Body. All of the bath and body products we sell have been handcrafted by my family and me. I am constantly seeking to expand my knowledge and use of lavender, and would love to hear what you have to say about my products. 

Our farm began when my husband and I moved back to Virginia where I continued to be a stay-at-home mom of our six daughters. Having a large family for us meant that we did what we needed to in order to make ends meet, and that meant farming. Our farm actually started as a vegetable farm, but as the girls grew and began to take interest in the farm, I let them work with their father with the vegetables while I transitioned to learning more about lavender. Now the girls are grown and on their own, we no longer need to grow all the vegetables, although we still have some. Now my husband maintains the vegetables and fruit that we grow and has returned to working with honey bees, and we both have turned to growing and developing our lavender patch hoping that one day it will become the lavender field that we envision.

SHOP HERE for Debrena’s items

Cutes by Ann- Ann Williams

Ann was born in the Philippines and raised in Mexico City, northern Virginia, and on a farm in West Virginia. Shortly after graduating from West Virginia University, she moved to Virginia and started her crafting business. Her handmade items were originally sold in a shop in Bath County, VA. Ann now participates in local craft shows and maintains an Etsy shop. From hats, scarves, hair bows, and earrings, she offers a wide variety of items. Most of what Ann makes is knitted or crocheted, but she also sews and works with faux leather. Always wanting to learn new things, she hopes to offer resin and hand stamped jewelry in 2021. Ann now resides in the mountains of Fincastle, VA with her husband and 2 children.

SHOP HERE for Ann’s items

Mar Jimenez

Handcrafted silver jewelry made from precious metal clay by one of Clifton Forge School of the Arts’ talented instructors.

SHOP HERE for Mar’s items

Art Nouveau Tiles- Steve Van Buren

While living in Germany, I came across antique tiles manufactured during the Art Nouveau period (1890-1914). These unique and beautiful tiles graced the walls, fireplaces and furniture of old European homes and buildings. During the Art Nouveau period, tile manufacturers were staffed with artists and designers to create these little works of art. Over time I met other collectors and dealers in this small universe of antique tile lovers who were instrumental in educating me on the provenance of these tiles.  When I retired in 2015, I decided to turn my hobby into a small business and share these unique items with others who might also find them unique and beautiful.  

If you see a tile(s) in the image gallery linked below that interests you, please send me an email with the tile number (each tile has a number and description which can be seen by clicking on the image), and I can give you a price quote and answer any questions you might have.

SHOP HERE for Steve’s items

Hidden Fields Farm- The McDowell Family

Hidden Fields Farm was founded in 2014 by Robert and Cecille McDowell in the Rich Patch Area of Alleghany County.  As a family owned and operated business, Hidden Fields Farm offers fresh, hand cut Christmas trees and greenery. They also specialize in handmade wreaths, swags, centerpieces, hand tied bows, and other seasonal holiday decor.

SHOP HERE for the McDowell family’s items

Mountain Memories (Swiss Ornaments)- Rolf Brunner

A small Laser engraving and sublimation business located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Mountain Memories (Swiss Ornaments) offers only the highest quality laser engraved and sublimated gift items.

Rolf and his wife Leslie started their business in 1995. In the beginning their focus was mostly on trophies, awards and personalized products. They still make those but now focus mostly on gift items that become lasting memories to their customers.

SHOP HERE for Rolf’s items

Sweetwater Pearls- Sandra Goodman Miller

My handmade jewelry – necklaces, earrings and bracelets – are made with freshwater pearls, sterling silver, and faceted gemstone beads.  My Tibetan pieces combine gemstone beads with Tibetan focal pieces made by Tibetan artists in Kathmandu.  My small Etsy shop contains just Tibetan pieces at this point but I am planning to expand it!
 

I’ve been making jewelry since I was seven years old.  I began doing craft fairs in 1983, starting as a basket weaver.  After a few years that was hard on my hands but I loved doing fairs so in 1990 my love for antique buttons took over and I began to make antique button jewelry.  In 1996, while making my mother and myself pearl necklaces to wear to my son’s wedding, I became captivated by pearls.  There’s no shortage of beautiful things in this world, though, so over time I have added silver, faceted gemstone beads and of course my beloved Tibetan pieces.  I hope you’ll enjoy this virtual Kriskindlmarkt that CSOTA has so wonderfully put together for us all and I hope we will all be back together again next year!

SHOP HERE for Sandra’s items

Out of Our Gourds- Lisa Petrosky

One-of-a-kind, handcrafted, decorative gourds made in Bath County, VA.

SHOP HERE for Lisa’s items

Joe Wood

Handcrafted wooden items made by one of our skilled woodworking instructors.

SHOP HERE for Joe’s items

Earthy Creations & The Club Car Caboose- Cindy Perry

Cindy has been an arts & crafts enthusiast for many years. She and her artist friends were among the first vendors of the first Kriskrindlmarkt. She is the owner of the Club Car Shop & Deli in Clifton Forge. The Deli & Shop have been closed over the past months due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In her shop you could find many handmade and hand painted items, made by her sisters and other local artists. In years past, she and her sisters “The Coffman Sisters” were involved in many arts & craft shows. Over the past 50 years they have spent many hours of fun and laughter as they worked up their artistic creations together. One of Cindy’s most recent passions has been learning to make pottery in the studio at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts. The sales of her “Wind Twirlers” will be donated back to the School for their scholarship fund to help create opportunities for individuals who may not have the means to take classes. Cindy loves being involved in the works of the school and seeing the opportunities it gives to individuals of all ages. She wishes it had been a reality in her younger years but is so happy that it is a reality today.

SHOP HERE for Cindy’s items

Nancy Erikson Fused Glass- Nancy Erikson

Fused glass is the process of melting individual pieces of glass together by heating them in a kiln. Local artist Nancy Erikson has been working in fused glass since 2009. After a career in banking, Nancy was looking for a new hobby. She took an introductory class in fused glass at a local community college and has been fusing ever since. She has continued exploring her craft by studying under regionally and nationally recognized glass artists. Nancy finds inspiration in the natural beauty of the world.
 
SHOP HERE for Nancy’s items

Cozy Designs by Doris- Doris Fredrickson

Offering hand made fleece jackets for women, children and doggies in your selected sizes and colors

My enjoyment of the versatility, warmth, and weight of fleece led me to design a wrap jacket for myself. After many compliments, I decided to design jackets for others.  Since I enjoy creating new things, I now design doggie coats, fancy/shabby chic pins and other outerwear including ponchos. Outerwear should be easy! Other sizes and colors are available.

SHOP HERE for Doris’s items

Catherine Mathews

Woodcraft made in the studio of Clifton Forge School of the Arts.

SHOP HERE for Catherine’s items

 

Other Supporting Vendors

(no products for sale in our virtual market)

The Ruffled Feather Candle Co.

Heather DeBoe 
All natural, hand-poured soy candles

Suzanna Garrett Designs

Suzanna Garrett
Nature Inspired Jewelry

As always, a gift certificate for classes at the School of the Arts makes a great gift for all ages!