Winter market a pre-Christmas delight in Bouchie Lake

Diane Fletcher sells diamond paintings created by her 85-year-old husband, Norman, along with goat milk soaps. Norman got hooked on making diamond painting masterpieces after Diane said she had gotten him a kit for Christmas not knowing if he would like it or not. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Diane Fletcher sells diamond paintings created by her 85-year-old husband, Norman, along with goat milk soaps. Norman got hooked on making diamond painting masterpieces after Diane said she had gotten him a kit for Christmas not knowing if he would like it or not. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Wade McCann had various wood carvings of his up on display at the Bouchie Lake Recreation Hall where a winter market was recently held. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Wade McCann had various wood carvings of his up on display at the Bouchie Lake Recreation Hall where a winter market was recently held. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Wade McRann assists a shopper at the Bouchie Lake Winter Market held Sunday, Nov. 7. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Wade McRann assists a shopper at the Bouchie Lake Winter Market held Sunday, Nov. 7. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Terry Fox Run fundraising team ‘Family Fun’ Elaine Kopetski (left), Bill Spaetgens and Rosemarie Mckay operated the concession stand at this year’s Bouchie Lake Winter Market. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Terry Fox Run fundraising team ‘Family Fun’ Elaine Kopetski (left), Bill Spaetgens and Rosemarie Mckay operated the concession stand at this year’s Bouchie Lake Winter Market. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
A winter market took place in Bouchie Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. (Rebecca Dyok photo)A winter market took place in Bouchie Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Vanessa Opsahl and her friend Kelly Davison attend the Bouchie Lake Winter Market where they were busy offering dream catchers, ornaments and accessories. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Vanessa Opsahl and her friend Kelly Davison attend the Bouchie Lake Winter Market where they were busy offering dream catchers, ornaments and accessories. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Dannie Caron made some holiday crafts with youth Julia and Izzy at the Bouchie Lake Winter Market. Caron operates artisan studio Dragonfox Designs in Bouchie Lake that provides homemade chain maille jewellery and accessories, giftware and crafts. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Dannie Caron made some holiday crafts with youth Julia and Izzy at the Bouchie Lake Winter Market. Caron operates artisan studio Dragonfox Designs in Bouchie Lake that provides homemade chain maille jewellery and accessories, giftware and crafts. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Marlene Barber makes dozens of artificial floral and wreath arrangements for the season including Sunday’s winter market in Bouchie Lake. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Marlene Barber makes dozens of artificial floral and wreath arrangements for the season including Sunday’s winter market in Bouchie Lake. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Gethin Mayo offered handmade woodcrafts at the Bouchie Lake winter market. He is raising funds to attend a fossil and dinosaur science camp at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Gethin Mayo offered handmade woodcrafts at the Bouchie Lake winter market. He is raising funds to attend a fossil and dinosaur science camp at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Dozens of shoppers got some of their Christmas shopping done early in Bouchie Lake, where a winter market was held on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Vendors were selling everything from homemade baking, cotton candy, artificial floral and wreath arrangements, wood carvings soaps, candles and more inside the Bouchie Lake Recreation Hall.

“The turnout has been very supportive,” Bouchie Lake Community Association (BLCA) volunteer Debbie Knabke said while at the market. “We’ve had a steady flow of people, and everybody has been very respectful, keeping distance and wearing their masks. The vendors I feel have been quite happy with their sales.”

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Concession proceeds supported Terry Fox Run fundraising team ‘Family Fun’ from Quesnel.

Sunday’s winter market came after the association held a fall market last month.

The weekend holiday market is set to return on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.

Funds raised from the table rentals go directly to the BLCA which organizes other markets throughout the year as well as the farmers’ markets held every Wednesday from May until September.

“The association puts on so many different things, and we’re there to support them, and they’re there to support us,” Knabke added.


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