Christmas craft fair filled with fun and festivity



Kate Aley

The annual Christmas bazaar and craft sale, held at the Luskville Community Centre on Nov. 20th was a huge success once again. The event, now in its' 35th year, is hosted by the Cercle Socio-Culturel group, a creative social group that meets at the Center every Wednesday.

​Vendors and crafts people from across the Pontiac were on hand selling beautiful innovative crafts and delicious treats of every imaginable type. Breakfast was served all day and the ever-popular game of 'bottle caps" (bouchons) was enjoyed by many. Cercle member Janine Bertrand, with husband Michel, wraps 5,000 bottle caps with foil each year, starting in January. Some of the caps contain a sticker indicating a prize. Eager participants buy 20 caps for $2 and unwrap mountains of them to claim gifts ranging from children's toys to kitchenwares at the prize table.

As usual, the Cercle Socio-Culturel had been hard at work on a group creation to raffle in order to raise funds for their materials. This year a wonderful quilt of funny cat faces was on offer, with each unique block made by a different member.

New this year was a display of old chairs, each one having been renovated or redecorated by the Cercle members, bringing new and occasionally surprising life to old furniture. Visitors to the bazaar voted on the best piece; the winner being the furry cat chair by Monique Larocque, with the antique spindle-backed chair by Louise Vaillant coming in second and the black and white bird chair by Helene Alary in third place.

A major focus for the Cercle each year is to make some kind of item to send overseas to help people in a developing country. Last year, the group crocheted sleeping mats out of milk bags. This year, the members created hygiene kits for young women for "Project Mireille" in Grand Goave, Haiti. A draw-string bag contains a washable reusable sanitary napkin holder with a selection of soft cloth pads to be placed inside. "The young girls there, when they get their periods and they don't have anything, they just don't go to school," explained Cercle president Monique Larocque. "It's a detail but it's something we don't think about and a lot of people don't know about."

The group hope to be able to make 50 kits before they send their donation in April. 

Among the artisans at the bazaar was a group of grade six students from Ecole Notre Dame de la Joie, raising funds for their end-of-year activity.

From left, Lara Deslauriers, Juliette Dorion, Billy Brassard and Caleb Cosette.

The students will be at many events around the municipality over winter and into the new year, so do support them if you can.

To join the Cercle Socio-Culturel, call president Monique Larocque: 819 455 9482.