It wouldn’t seem like the onset of the holiday season without the annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center.

But fear not: Dozens of artists and artisans have been busy all year getting ready for this year’s show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, Ahwatukee.

Along with doing some of your Christmas shopping early, you’ll also see a wide variety of work in woodwork, silversmithing, pottery, ceramics, lapidary, stained glass, painting, sewing and quilting.

Many of the items were made at the ARC’s extensive crafting facility.

Some of the clubs are planning demonstrations to show how they ply their crafts. For even a bit more variety, some local artisans who are not ARC members have been invited to show their work as well.

For most of these craftsmen and women, the reward is more from the creation of the artwork than any monetary return, spokesman Ed Doney said.

“And since this is in the main hall of a 55-and-older community, the fees to show work at the fair are minimal. The low overhead and lack of a profit motive results in prices well below what you will find in many other shows,” he added.

A highlight of the event is the raffle of handcrafted items and original artwork. Emcee Peter Longo, a popular radio and television personality who provides golf entertainment and trick shots on Channel 3, will oversee the raffle.

Breakfast, snack and lunch items will also be available.

The chair of the arts and crafts committee is Terri Rinaldi and Sue Altman is vice chair.

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