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Get your craft fair on

Holiday shoppers can hit up two two-day craft sales this weekend: both the Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival and Rochester Folk Art Guild's Holiday Festival of Crafts will pop up Saturday and Sunday on the East Side.

Plowshares Craftsfair

More than 120 craftspeople bring their wares at a broad price range, including jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, photography and Native American art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 5 at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St.

Enjoy food from The Mission, raffles and a silent auction, and a full entertainment schedule; see Russ Tarby's preview of the music line-up on page 10.

Plowshares is a major fundraiser for the Syracuse Peace Council, the oldest grassroots independent peace and social justice organization in the US. Admission costs $2 to 5 on a sliding scale, free for 16 and under and over 65. All proceeds stay in the community and benefit the SPC.

For more info, call SPC at 472-5478, spc@peacecouncil.net or visit

peacecouncil.net.

Holiday Festival of Crafts

Around the corner, find pottery, wooden furniture, textiles and fine art at the Rochester Folk Art Guild's Holiday Festival of Crafts in Syracuse, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 5 at the Montessori School of Syracuse, 155 Waldorf Parkway.

In anticipation of winter, Guild weavers have produced wool and mohair blankets, afghans, shawls, scarves, hats, vests and fingerless gloves, many in the rich colors of the season. A diverse selection of hand-dyed silk scarves will also be available as will clothing made from bamboo, hemp and even antique kimono silk.

Cost is $2 per person, or download an invitation at folkartguild.org and get in for free.

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