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Annual artisan market best of the year
Popular hand made markets, Cobb & Co Museum, 27 Lindsay St.
Excited crowds flocked to the Handmade Under the Stars twilight markets at the Cobb & Co Museum. Some dressed up and others dressed down. There were bargains and higher priced items spread throughout the museum and in the courtyard.
The Cobb & Co Museum houses their historic coaches which began operation in 1865. Rare memorabilia and photos include some of their displays.
Prior to opening time, visitors browsed the museum's gift store. Packed with Australian delights it included books on touring, history and fauna field guides. Ironwork home wares and jewellery were hand made by staff and volunteers in the Museum Factory. Also available were cute and cuddly kangaroos, echidnas, cockatoos and loggerhead turtles. Solid opal or birth stone jewellery were at reasonable prices.
Warm up the evening with a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Meals included barramundi and chips and tomato and basil brushetta.
Colonial Woodcrafts unique gifts and furniture.
Stalls exhibited goods of outstanding quality and craftsmanship. Colonial Woodcrafts' David Harriman creates unique country furniture and gifts. Johanna Guerin, Milliner, is popular for fabulous race day hats and also garments.
While the markets are hand made, there was a stall drawing children to a fascinating machine which was twisting plastic into little pots and other items at Deer & Fox Collective.
For Christmas shopping, also select from gourmet food, jewellery in many styles and mediums from metal, to wood, to plastic, including Handcrafted Jewellery by narelle whose jewellery is 'modern, fun, sassy, colourful and bold'. Quilts n Things by Renee were of the highest quality and appealing to the country person.
Meekz colourful hand made jewellery.
Also available were bamboo scarves, bark-covered notebooks, handmade paper notepads and Radha Luxury Organics and Naturals. The latter delectable lotions contained ingredients like sweet orange, honey, mint, walnut and coconut oil. Amanda's Fudge Factory was nearby to satisfy the desire for sugar.
A three-piece band created a mellow, jazzy atmosphere in the courtyard.
Hang around soaking up the sounds and smells until twilight or head off early through the sun-striped Queen's Park next door.
Cobb & Co are hosting 'Santa's Workshop' from 7 to 24 December for children three to eight years. Weekdays from 10am to 3pm your children can make Christmas decorations in arts and crafts. There is also a book reading and 'trails' around the museum. Call 07 4659 4900 to book a place.
Hands On Workshops
Airbrush Art, Blacksmithing, Felting, Glass Bead Art and Resin Jewellery are some of the workshops offered by the museum. Call 07 4659 4900 for details.