The records show that in 1980, about 42 years ago, the first “Christmas Faire” was organized by Leah West and Beth Reid. It was the beginning of the Mohawk Valley Artists Guild. The forthcoming Mohawk Community Art Fair is a direct descendant of this holiday tradition. Plans are underway for this year’s event which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26. (Details are included in the flyer below.)
Back in 2004, then supervisor Don Clark convinced Plumas County that the area needed a resource center and that they should financially support it as they had in the other four districts. It was organized as the Mohawk Community Resource Center (MCRC) and located near the corner barn in Blairsden, at the intersection of Highways 89 and 70.
The mission statement of the Center reads as follows: The Mohawk Community Resource Center serves to enrich the lives of residents and visitors of the surrounding communities in a friendly atmosphere.
MCRC volunteers are dedicated to make this a reality in a very challenging environment.
In 2014 the MCRC began its sponsorship of the Mohawk Community Art Faire. (MCAF) Except for a pandemic break in 2020, it has sponsored a craft fair each year since then. Proceeds from the faire are a major financial contributor to the MCRC. The venue and dates chosen was the Graeagle Fire Hall, in downtown Graeagle, on the two days following Thanksgiving. Doors open at 10 a.m. on both days. This traditional holiday event is the perfect place to find the perfect Christmas gift while supporting local artists and the Resource Center, which is such an important asset to the community.
As the event date approaches a featured artist will be selected. Artists and crafters wanting to participate should contact Holly Johnson, coordinator, at 530-293-7172 or at [email protected].