People taking the self-guided Country Christmas Tour in Cedar-Yellow Point can see glassware created by Ted Jolda.

People taking the self-guided Country Christmas Tour in Cedar-Yellow Point can see glassware created by Ted Jolda.

Cedar and Yellow Point artisans open doors for Country Christmas Tour

Self-guided Country Christmas Tour features galleries, artist studios, farms and shops - 18 destinations.

Artisans in Cedar and Yellow Point are inviting the public to take a peek inside their studios, galleries and shops during the annual Country Christmas Tour.

Visitors on the self-guided tour can also stop by local farms such as Hazelwood Herb Farm, Fredrich’s Honey or Yellow Point Cranberries Farm and Gift Store.

This year’s tour features 18 destinations.

Kathy Holmes, marketing coordinator for the event, said the tour offers an eclectic mix of wares for people to peruse.

“It’s great meeting the artists, going into their place of business and getting to meet the people who created it (the art),” she said.

Advice she’d give to people who have never taken the self-guided tour before – just do it.

“Start at No. 1 and pack your car full of friends. Make sure your trunk is empty so you have room for all your purchases,” she said. “Spend a day in Cedar-Yellow Point.”

While taking the tour, Holmes said people can also enjoy the natural beauty of the area and stop at places like Roberts Memorial Park or enjoy the drive along country roads.

The self-guided Country Christmas Tour – Cedar-Yellow Point, hosted by the Cedar Yellow Point Artisans’ Association, runs Nov. 24-27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featured artists include the Ted Jolda Gallery, Trillium Arts, Fern and Feather Gardens, ironworker Anthony Cateaux’s studio, Paint Chica and more. There are quilters, painters, glass blowers and sculptors on the tour.

Brochures are available online at www.cyartisans.com or people can pick up copies at Tourism Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, the Crow and Gate Pub, the Bowen Park Activity Centre or Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

For more information, please go to www.cyartisans.com.

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