It’s that time of year

Soup season is just around the corner, but first we must get through … Holiday Craft Fair Season.

Sheila and I are busily putting the final touches on some new Soup and Bread merch, but it won’t be ready in time for our first fair: this weekend’s DIY Trunk Show in the beautiful Pulaski Park Auditorium at 1419 W. Blackhawk in Wicker Park. But, we’ll be there all day Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10-5, armed with cookbooks, aprons, and more prints of Paul Dolan’s beautiful illustrations. And when we’re not selling soup stuff we’ll be helping our friends at Celestial Kitchens sling some delicious food. Come visit!

Looking ahead, here’s where we’ll be in the coming weeks:

Saturday, Nov. 27, we travel to north to the West Walker Holiday Art Invitational, where we’ll be sharing a table with the excellent Bonnie Tawse, who’ll be selling handmade herbal salves and lotions. That’s from 10-5 in the Irving Park Lutheran Church gym at 4057 N. Harding (on the southeast corner of Belle Plaine and Harding). In addition to arts and crafts (and soup books), the organizers are promising made-to-order crepes, a jug band, and (sweet!) a holiday hair styling station.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5, we return to Pulaski Park for the fifth annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale. We should have our mitts on the new merch by then and trust us —  you’re gonna love it! That fair is a marathon, running 11-7 both days, with more than 150 vendors and food from a bunch of folks including Soup and Bread contributors MANA Food Bar and Treat Restaurant.

And then, we move home to the Hideout, whose Holiday Sale happens two Tuesdays running, Dec. 14 and 21 from 6-9 PM in the cozy back room at 1354 W. Wabansia. Sheila will be selling knitwear and we’ll have food from Celestial Kitchens again; following the sale there’s music from the Sanctified Grumblers in the front room, per usual.

And, well, so far that’s it. But if there’s a church basement we should be sitting in sometime in the next month, that’s not yet on the calendar, let us know!


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