Clifton Forge School of the Arts celebrates Christmas German-style

Kriskindlemarkt begins the holiday season next weekend with a German-style market complete with tasty foods and drinks in the Care area at The Mill (behind and below the School). The festivities will feature Father Christmas (legendary father of Santa Claus) in traditional European garb. Santa will be seated in a “new” space greeting children.
In addition, artisans and non-profit organizations will be offering demonstrations and their one of kind crafts such as leather working, photography, sculpture, jewelry and the like. See our partial list at the bottom.
Shoppers may relax in the Cafe area of The Mill and enjoy the tasty foods and well as a fruity wine (Gluwein, hot chocolate, hot mulled cider (Kinder Punsch) and German beer. A special feature will allow children to decorate their own freshly-baked cookies. And new this year will be a Children’s Craft Corner near Santa’s throne. Don’t forget to bring your camera as there will many wonderful opportunities to catch the children being extra cute.
There will be demonstrations of blacksmithing, broom-making, leather crafting. Plus, raffle tickets will be sold for a painting “Kris Kringle” by Nancy Smith, local artist. The drawing will be held on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 pm.
A silent auction will be held featuring one large handmade item.
Clifton Forge School of the Arts opened its doors to the public on January 16, 2011,offering a wide variety of classes in painting and drawing, blacksmith arts, needle-and-fiber-arts, beginning piano, flute, guitar and harp instruction. Next door, in the historic Grocery Wholesale building, is the stained glass and clay studio.
Kriskindlemarkt will be held Saturday, November 30, 10 am to 5pm, and Sunday, December 1, 12 pm to 4pm at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts located at 518 Church Street, Clifton Forge, VA. For more information call 540.862.7275 or visit

Janice Seibert/Felt Song Fiber (one of a kind hand-felted fairies, angels, Santas and gnomes), Steven Elmore (leather crafts, DEMO), Alleghany Highlands Arts & Center (assorted original artisans’ work), Clifton Forge Main Street (CFMS gift items), Jody Elmore (chocolates, Sweet Dream Sachets, mixes), Crystal Wiseman/Crystals Creations (items made from recycled materials), Chuck Almarez/Fire & Light Gallery (photography, quilted items), Glen Bryant/Fire & Light Gallery (blacksmith items), Shawn Truett (Santa sculptures, paper mache’, wreaths), Barbara Smith (handmade jewelry, silver & pewter toggles with stone), Gary Robinson/Jack Mountain Crafters (handmade brooms & brushes), John & Deborah Garrison/Up-On-The-Hill Farm (beef jerky, peanut
brittle, fudge, handmade jewelry), Julie & Kyle Bennett/Sock Mob Design (knitted items of reclaimed, new yarn), Lisa Petrosky (gourds, homemade jelly, assorted craft items), Cynthia Boteler (handmade bags), Patty Vaughn, Cyndy Shorter, Ben Jackson/The Potters Three (assorted glazed clay pottery from CFSOTA STUDIO), John Riddle (metal work, wood items), Sue Borer/Zoe Jewelry (handmade jewelry), Ann Williams/Cutesby Ann (crochet and kit items for babies – adults), Ben Noffsinger/Nafzger Forge Knives (handmade knives), Mindy Gardzinski (wreaths, vinyl crafts), John Morman/Celtic 2 (heraldic and other engraving, glass, wood, pewter), Clara Howard/Monet Meets Picasso (assorted painted items), Girl Scout Troop #301 (ornaments, yule logs), Linda & David Waddell/House of Douglas Bakery (breads, cakes, cookie, scones, strudel)
Club Car/Clifton Creations (assorted painted items), Boys’ Home/4-H Club, Equine Club (fresh trees, greens, wreaths), Marion Miller/Miller’s Bar and Grill (German baked goods)
Deborah Chaplin (wool and felted items), Mike Puffenbarger/Puffs BBQ (German sausages, hot pork and cabbage lunches, maple syrup), John and Shawna/The Moody Carpenter with Richard Scruggs (assorted accessories), Jerry Myers/Old Dog Coffee (fresh brewed assorted coffees)

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