With a few new twists, it’s time for the Fairfield Inn’s seventh annual Winter Wine and Craft Festival. The event will host an assortment of activities for guests of all ages, including a special guest, of course, Santa Claus.
Unlike years past, this year will be a one-day event Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Santa will be available to listen to Christmas wishes and pose for pictures with the children, but for free this time with parents’ own cameras or phones.
According to Assistant Manager Matthew Delano, “The event began as an open house that continued to draw more attention every year.” People began to show up for Christmas shopping and wine tasting and the event continued to evolve into the always popular Winter Wine and Craft Event.
While the children’s activities and craft vendor area are free, for a fee of $5, guests are able to sample wines from any of the 10 vineyards represented and make purchases on the spot. Having vendors on hand provides an opportunity to learn more about food pairings for holiday gatherings.
There are also 10 craft vendors this year featuring local artists who will be set up to showcase and sell crafts, art, pottery, toys, jewelry, homemade jams and more. Local authors Sarah Byrd and Richard Nance will be selling and signing their books as well. Shoppers can find something for everyone all under one roof. Whether it’s a unique purchase, a gift for a child to play with, or delicious food that will be the talk of the party, guests will find their time spent at Fairfield worthwhile.
The adults are not the only ones who will have fun at the wine and craft event. The Fairfield Inn will have activities and facepainting for the little ones.
In the spirit of giving, Fairfield Inn and Suites will host a toy drive again this year during the event but have added a food drive as well which will benefit Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry to feed local families during the holidays. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped Christmas gift for children of any age, any gender and canned and/or nonperishable items which will help in the effort.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Elkin Jonesville is located on 628 CC Camp Road in Elkin. For more information, call at 336-353-2008.
Holly Lamm is general manager and media director for The Tribune. She can be reached at 336-258-4030.