For many shoppers Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season. Sleep in and search for something a little more unique this year by shopping around at the many local arts and craft fairs that will be occurring this weekend.
More Fire Glass Studio is hosting its Annual Holiday Open House and Sale on Friday, November 23, Saturdays, November 24 and December 1, and Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature live glassblowing demonstrations in addition to a gallery filled with handmade ornaments, jewelry, beads, vases, bottles, bowls, platters, tea-light holders, and more. Gifts start at $6. 80 Rockwood Place. 242-0450. Morefireglass.com.
Looking for crafts with a bit more edge? Visit the annual Second Storie Market Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.). The market seeks to bring more modern arts and crafts to the community, so you're sure to encounter something out-of-the-ordinary while perusing the wares. Vendor specialties include jewelry, pottery, stationery, paintings and drawings, clothing, and more. 309-5371. secondstorie.net.
A variety of handmade goods will be featured at Irondequoit Art Club's Holiday Art & Crafts Sale. From Saturday, November 24, to Saturday, December 1, artists will sell pieces like hand-crafted jewelry, art prints, fiber art, hand-dyed silks, stained glass, and more. Admission is free, and entertainment and demos will be featured throughout the sale. The event will be held at the Pauline Evans Public Library at 45 Cooper Road. For full schedule, call 787-4086 or visit irondequoitartclub.org.
The Rochester Folk Art Guild will also present its annual Holiday Festival of Crafts Friday, November 23, through Sunday, November 25. Wood furniture, pottery, oriental rugs, graphics, natural fiber clothing, weaving wood, and more will fill the Harley School (1981 Clover St.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, or free with a printed invitation. For more information, call 554-3539 or visit rfag.org.