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Country Christmas Tour, a sneak preview

INDIAN LAKE - It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas shopping and the Indian Lake Country Christmas Tour steering committee wants to help kick off the holiday gift shopping season.

"Made in the Adirondacks" is the theme for the Twelfth Annual Indian Lake Country Christmas Tour (CCT), which features the work of over 60 local and regional artisans and crafters. The Christmas Country is a two-day event on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28.

The CCT is made up of self-guided "tours," visiting artisans and crafters who offer a variety of holiday gift items for sale in their homes and at numerous locations in Indian Lake

During a tour with Mary Vianese, visitors will find beautifully hand-crafted gifts using natural materials such as feathers, roots, birch bark and twigs, flowers, gourds and weathered wood. In addition, there are one-of-a- kind cards, jewelry, and hand-painted loons, bears, herons, moose, and other Adirondack critters along with framed pressed flowers and watercolor paintings.

Dan McFadden builds fine, handcrafted furniture including Adirondack chairs and tables. His collection will be on display at the Town Ambulance Corps. during the tour. Shoppers looking for Adirondack style furniture for the home or camp, or for a gift should make a point to stop by to see Dan.

There is a notable resurgence in the arts of knitting and spinning, according to Nancy Harding, an artisan who specializes in spinning and knitting. Shoppers will find silky mohair and lofty alpaca carefully hand-spun into gorgeous yarn, sheared from Nancy's locally raised angora goats and alpacas. In addition, rovings for hand spinners can be purchased from Nancy.

Accent the home or camp with finely crafted wooden snowmen, Christmas trees, Yule logs, and other unique decorations for the holidays and year-round enjoyment. Lorraine Powers, the artisan who makes these decorative items, will help visitors brave the cool winter days and nights with her hand-knitted sweaters, hats and mittens.

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