Join us for the museum’s second annual Holiday Market and Open House! Purchase hand-made arts and crafts from local vendors, enter to win prizes, and experience all three floors of exhibits with all proceeds going towards helping the museum continue to make history. Admission to the Holiday Market and Open House is completely free.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

1:00pm – 5:00pm

at the Thunder Bay Museum

425 Donald St. E.

A very big thank you to all of the attendees, vendors, bakers, volunteers, board members, and museum staff for all of their great work in making our first ever Holiday Market such a success last year! We look forward to seeing everyone again this year. 

For information on vendor table rentals, please call the museum at (807) 623-0801.


Sister Bear Designs

Valerie Sawdo (Sister Bear – the Eldest) and Kathleen Sawdo (Sister Bear – the Younger) are Anishnaabe from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation (in Northwestern Ontario) and have family connection to Fort William First Nation and Batchewana First Nation.  Valerie now lives in Edmonton Alberta, and Kathleen lives in Thunder Bay Ontario.  They both love to bead and learned from their Grandmother, Mother, Aunties and family.  Valerie loves to bead and add a little bling every now and then.  Kathleen loves creating new designs, working with beads, quills, birch and leather.  Roberta Jaggard (Mama Bear) is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario and her family roots are in Cloud Bay area.  Roberta is Valerie and Kathleen’s mother and learned the traditional beading art from her mother-in-law (Viola Sawdo, Anishnaabe from Fort William First Nation).  Roberta learned the art in order to ensure her Anishnaabe daughters learned the traditional beading art and techniques.  Roberta is ‘sister bears’ mother, teacher and mentor.  (Miigwetch Mama – you ensured we maintained a strong connection to traditional Anishnaabe ways – We love you so very much! – Kathleen Sawdo, Valerie Sawdo)

Silver Cedar Studio

Katie Ball hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario. She has been trapping alongside her father ever since she could carry a trap. Katie has a deep respect for the laws of conservation for all fur bearer species and she learned to take this to the next level in the subsequent care and handling of the valuable pelts. This is where her trapping roots began.

Katie not only continues her Family legacy of trapping but she has since set out to educate those around her on the truth about fur, and promotion of trapping. 

This passion and understanding allows her to design one of a kind fur items by using her knowledge of each animal to create lasting pieces of art and heritage.

This is the basis; the roots of Silver Cedar Studio.

Littleeranch Art

My name is Theresa Edwards (Littleeranch Art). I grew up in Kenora amongst the beauty of Lake of the Woods. I have always loved colour and have tried  many crafts (stained glass, weaving, knitting, ceramics, watercolour and acrylic painting). During a watercolour class I was introduced to Alcohol Inks. I was hooked. The colours are amazing and so vivid. I paint on glass, ceramic tiles, plexiglass, aluminum, tin, canvas ,dominos and paper. I have just started using alcohol inks and resin to make jewelry. You can check my page on Facebook.

Weston Landscapes

Joe Weston is a local artist in Thunder Bay who enjoys going out and sketching trees, water, and just nature in general. Joe’s landscapes are acrylic on canvas (16×25) and are ready to hang.

Save Our Carousel Project

The Save Our Carousel booth will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Chippewa Park Carousel Restoration Project. The project seeks to restore the 104 year old C.W. Parker carousel at Chippewa Park. So far, 14 of the 28 horses have been restored! They will also have a number of lovely products for sale from handmade coasters and magnets, to tote bags, and collectors Holiday ornaments. All of the proceeds from the sale of the products go directly back into the carousel restoration.

Nana’s Knits & Country Crafts

Nana’s Knits and Country Crafts will be at this event with beautiful, unique hand painted glassware/home decor. Looking for something special, come see the Family Tree vase. These come in different sizes and are customized on site with birthstone coloured birds representing family members.

Judy Persian

Judy has been painting for 3 years and mostly focuses on watercolour landscapes of Northern Ontario. She offers 5×7 greeting/note cards which are reproductions of her original paintings. New for this year are a collection of 5×7 and 8×10 original, one of a kind watercolours which are matted and ready for framing.

Kim Cunningham Custom Stained Glass

For more samples, visit Facebook @kimcunninghamcustomstainedglass.

MJ Metalworks

Specializing in turning recycled metal items into beautiful art work, the creative team at MJ Metalworks includes Mike Jacques and his girlfriend Kelly.