Having trouble finding just the right gift  for that special someone? Or maybe something fabulous for you — just because you deserve it? Then don’t miss the 18th Annual Fort Bragg Area Officer Spouses Club (FBAOSC) Yule Mart Craft Fair. 
    With 53 vendors and an intimate shopping atmosphere, Yule Mart Chairman, Kelly Pardew is excited about what this year’s event has to offer. 
    “I think the important thing for people to know is that this is a crafter’s fair,” said Pardew. “All of the items have to be handmade and we want the artisans to be there; so you aren’t going to find any retail products or commercial type things.”
    The Yule Mart will open on Friday, Nov. 21 and run through Sunday, Nov. 23 at Frederick Physical Fitness Center on Gruber Road (between Reilly Street and the All American Freeway). Shoppers can not only find some great gifts, they can also enjoy some yuletide cheer.  {mosimage}
    “I am really wanting to make it a warm holiday spirit kind of event,” said Pardew. There will be a huge range of crafters on hand with great ideas and gifts including jewelry, hand bags, Americana items and hand-woven baskets, to name a few. The location isn’t the only new thing this year. The food court is going to offer German and Mediterranean cuisine.
    Mrs. Claus will have her bake shop open, providing tasty treats and Santa will be on hand, too, for photo taking opportunities. Visit Santa’s workshop and let the kids (ages 3-10) come and do some Christmas shopping of their own. All gifts will be priced under $5. Gift wrappers and Santa’s helpers will be on hand to help kids pick out the perfect gift for family members, teachers and even pets.
    As the FBAOSC’s largest fundraiser, Yule Mart does more than offer great shopping opportunities and a chance to catch the Christmas spirit. Funds raised, are put back into the community in the form of scholarships and donations to various organizations both on Fort Bragg and in the Fayetteville area. In the past, the FBAOSC has given money to the Fisher House, the Wounded Warrior Committee, the Autism Society of Cumberland County and the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society.
    The Yule Mart is open Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. -6 p.m., and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.  Admission is $3 or $5 for a three-day pass. Children 10 and under are free and admission is free after 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Visit www.fbaosc.org/yulemart for more information.

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