Shoppers looking for unique Christmas presents were not disappointed Saturday at the first Compass Media Christmas Community Craft Fair, which attracted 50 vendors.

The event, which drew a steady flow of visitors, was held in the carpark of Compass Centre, George Town.

The fair was inspired by the rebranding of the newspaper and reemphasising Compass Media’s commitment to the community, said Penelope Wunsch, publisher’s assistant for Compass Media.

“I think that giving back to the community is one of the key things,” Wunsch said.

“Reaching out to bring people into the Compass community is a focus for us.”

The event was sponsored in part by the Health Services Authority and Fidelity.

At least half the vendors were from the Visual Arts Society, with booths also incorporating vendors from the George Town Craft Market and the Camana Bay Farmers and Artisans Market, with some independent Caymanian artisans displaying their work as well.

Among the crafts on offer were pottery, jewellery, toys and thatched goods. Santa Claus was also on hand at the fair to hear Christmas requests and take pictures with youngsters. Staff from the HSA offered free flu shots to the public.

The Cayman Arts Festival Soul Band from John Gray High School provided live music.

Simon Allnutt, music director at the school, said the students had been preparing for quite some time as they were very excited to be asked to play for the event.

“They enjoyed being up on the balcony,” Allnutt said. “It was like a stage for them.”

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