Artisan Faire

Nov 12, 2012

Ellen Snortland, a resident of Altadena, earned a J.D. from Loyola Law School, a B.A. in theater and film from USC, and a degree in Norwegian baking.

She recalls, “My mother was a very peaceful person. The only time I heard her swear was when she made “Kransekake” or Crown cake. Years later, I understood what all the ‘#$@#%!!!’ was about when I first attempted to use her recipe. Now, I no longer curse when I make these cakes, but instead, shower them with blessings, love, and good wishes.”

Ellen’s chewy and crunchy kransenkakes will be for sale at this weekend’s inaugural Artisan Faire at the Santa Anita Race Track.

Other vendors will be Fat Rabbit Farms, a “magical floating kingdom”; the Society for Calligraphy with DeAnn Singh; Artistic Expressions by Ronald Jackson, which consists of paintings, wire sculpture, and jewelry; Arm the Animals that look to create “killer t-shirts that make a statement and generate funds for small, struggling animal rescues”; Laughing Spirit Gourds by Terese Miller; GetaClean Body Soaps; and Beadie Beads Book Jewelry.

Hand-crafted works will be on sale by artisans in the Huitchol region of Mexico with proceeds from this fair-trade collection to be donated the Instrumental Women Project, an all-women jazz arts agency that operates under the nonprofit fiscal sponsorship of Pasadena Arts Council.

Rose City Ballroom will offer a class presentation in latin, swing, salsa and tango. The International Puppetry Museum will present a shadow puppet workshop and a performance by Billy Goats Gruff. Hands-on activities for kids include making Russian nesting dolls and Persian teapots. Bonjour Boutique Spa will offer massages and makeovers, and the Healthy Living Pavilion will have free lessons in yoga and qigong.

There will also be an “Authors Corner” emphasizing Southern California authors, and the food court will feature Santa Anita chefs.

The Artisan Faire
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 17 & 18
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Santa Anita Race Track, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia
Free admission; parking $4
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2 Responses for “Artisan Faire”

  1. Scott says:

    And if you can’t get enough Artisan shopping, there’s also the Artisan’s Boutique at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. Sunday 10-4.

  2. Kat Ward says:

    Thank you, Scott. We’ll be putting up a post about the Artisan’s Boutique this evening!



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