Holly Days is back at All Saints Episcopal for a 15th year

By on November 3, 2017

Second Sail Jewelry

When does the holiday season kick off on the Outer Banks?

Everyone has their own different trigger, but for many local residents and visitors in-the-know, All Saints Church’s ‘Holly Days Bazaar and Arts Festival” constitutes the kickoff event for the season.

Entering its fifteenth year, Holly Days is bigger and better than ever, bringing back all of the old favorites and as usual, adding some new vendors for those seeking a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift.

This year’s extravaganza will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church on Pintail Road in Southern Shores, across the street from Kitty Hawk Elementary.

Follow the winding road through the residential homes and you’ll find All Saints tucked away at the end of the road.

There’s plenty of parking and space to move around, shop, and even grab lunch!

It’s hard to describe all of the items available for sale, so this year we’re going list the categories from the official event flier:

Handmade jewelry, pottery, original photography, paintings, fabric and yarn creations, wooden art, painted glassware, Christmas decorations, second sail jewels, toys, frozen casseroles, a Gourmet Bake Shop, silent auctions, raffle items, and more.

One thing is for sure—all of your senses will be overwhelmed.

The Café is also open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. so shoppers can refuel without leaving the event.

Many of the vendors are well-known Outer Banks artisans such as James Melvin, Elizabeth Corsa, Eve Turek, Jeff Lewis, and Sandy & Dave Briggman.

In all, there are 35 vendors currently slated to be on hand. That’s an increase of ten over last year’s amazing offerings.

Veterans of Holly Days have a secret and we’re going to let everyone in on it this year.

The ‘Second Sail’ jewelry table features jewelry, and new this year, toys, all of which have been donated and lovingly refurbished by church members to almost original quality.

While open both days, the best pieces are usually claimed in what organizers call a ‘feeding frenzy’ when the doors open at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning.

Another group of items that sell out quickly are the frozen casseroles prepared by church members, which include a breakfast style version, as well as Linda’s Greek Pastitsio, Tess’s Old Southern Chicken Pie, and Jo’s Smoked Turkey with Vegetables.

Priced at $15, each casserole will easily feed two adults. It may be best to pre-order these by calling the church at 252-261-6674 to check for which ‘flavors’ are available and picking them up on event day.

The Gourmet Bake Shop proved to be a dangerous place for this writer last year, with a superabundance of specialty pies, cupcakes, bread, and Tess Judge’s “Christmas Crunch.”

Last year I purchased six bags of this gourmet popcorn that is covered with, well, some secret awesomeness that is beyond description. I didn’t buy enough last year, so we’re loading up for 2017!

For lunch, if tradition holds, the chicken salad will be the Friday choice and this year quiche gives way to Pigman’s BBQ on Saturday’s menu.

The Silent Auction is another can’t miss shopping experience. In addition to art objects and the like, one can find golf and dinner offerings, as well as other items donated by Outer Banks businesses and every vendor, has donated at least one item also.

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