All the crafts, art and books – and so little time!

IMAGE: The 2014 Takoma Park Authors Book Fair. Photo by Bill Brown.

BY MORGAN FECTO

You may have just kicked rotting pumpkins sky-high off your porch, but the holiday season is at your doorstep! Chanukah starts Sunday night and Christmas is just a few weeks away. That means it’s time to hit the mall and tackle that gift list. But wait — this is Takoma Park, not some run-of-the-mill suburb. So why not buy gifts from your friends and neighbors instead of whiskey stones from the disinterested salesperson at Brookstone?

Whether you’re a lover of local authors or can’t seem to get out of your pajamas, there are plenty of opportunities to find one-of-a-kind gifts in Takoma Park and beyond. Here’s the round-up of art, crafts, and book sales this holiday season:

11th Annual Cedar Ave Artist Holiday Show
Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec 6, 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.,
7209 Cedar Avenue
This art show will be held in the home and studio of two local artists.

Alternative Gift Fair
Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 to 4 p.m.
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Avenue
Features 14-18 charities. Attendees can gift friends and family with donations on their behalf.

TKPK Craftwomen’s 34th Annual Holiday Show and Sale
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec 6, 12 – 4 p.m.
7208 Maple Avenue
Hand-knit wares and toys.

TP 16th Annual Pajamarama
Sunday, Dec. 6, 8 -11 a.m.
Old Takoma Takoma businesses give discounts to pajama-wearing shoppers.

7th Annual Takoma Park Authors Book Fair
Saturday, Dec. 12,   2 – 5 p.m.
Trohv Home & Gift, 232 Carroll Street NW
Books for sale by local authors.

The 10th Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale
Saturday, Dec. 12,  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue
Everything from fountain pens to fine art.

FTPML Holiday Book Sale
Saturday, Dec. 12,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue
A book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.

Artomatic
Saturday, Dec. 12,  11 a.m. – midnight
8100 Corporate Drive, Hyattsville, Maryland
The last day of this month-long art sale.

DC Arts Studios Holiday Open House
Sunday, Dec. 13, 12 – 5 p.m.
6925 Willow Street NW
Art for every budget.

Alternative Gift Fair’s Post-Fair Farmers Market Gift Stand Stand
Sunday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Takoma Park Farmers Market, Laurel Ave
A continuation of the Alternative Gift Fair

About the Author

Morgan Fecto
Morgan Fecto is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at UMD. She currently manages the "We Are Takoma" event series with the City of Takoma Park. Follow her on Twitter @MorganFecto.