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Sixth annual Soroptimist holiday extravaganza returns

To Hood River Inn on Nov. 7

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its sixth annual pre-holiday "shopping extravaganza" on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room.

The event will feature Gorge and Portland area artisans exhibiting holiday gift items of jewelry, metal art, alpaca garments, pottery, glassware, paintings, cards, and more.

"We're excited to be back for our sixth year and really appreciate the returning and new artisans along with people coming to shop and support our local businesses. The artists’ beautiful items are just extraordinary and made with such creativity and quality. Each year the event just keeps growing and getting better," said Ginger Swanson, the event coordinator. "These are all small businesses from the Gorge and Portland with unique products that will fit any budget. The artisans also generously donate ten percent of their sales, as well as items for a fantastic raffle at the end of the day, to Soroptimist of Mt. Adams. We're so appreciative of their support of our projects to improve the lives of women and girls and it also helps to support these artists in their efforts."

"It's a fun, pre-holiday event and the artisans offer such unique products and give people the opportunity to shop locally for one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts. We hope that people will come from all over to support these small businesses and Soroptimist, and have a great time doing it," said Kathleen O'Connor-McNew, Mt. Adams club co-president and sales manager at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

The Best Western Hood River Inn is showing Soroptimist its continuing support by donating use of the space for the event.

Artists interested in participating in the event should contact Ginger Swanson at (541) 806-5333, or at


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