Soroptimist Extravaganza is ‘more than a sale’

Nov. 30 bazaar brings together artisans from far and wide

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its ninth annual pre-holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza on Nov. 30, 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 ninth year and really appreciate the artisans. Their beautiful items are fantastic and made with such creativity and quality. Each year just keeps growing and getting better,” commented Ginger Swanson, 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 10 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.”

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is based in White Salmon. Its service area spans from Stevenson to Dallesport, including Klickitat, Glenwood and Trout Lake.

This year’s event is a bit different than previous Extravaganzas because it shares the weekend with the Women’s Business Holiday Showcase happening on Sunday at the Hood River Inn.

Although the Showcase is not Soroptimist sponsored, the event does support women’s businesses and resources, and the organizers are generously donating the proceeds of their silent auction on Sunday to Soroptimist of Mt. Adams.

Parking and admission for both events are free, and the hotel is offering special package pricing for overnight weekend guests.

“The Extravaganza is not just a sale,” said Swanson. “With the festive atmosphere, it’s a holiday event. The artisans offer such unique products and give people the opportunity to shop locally for one-of-a-kind, handmade, affordable gifts.

“We hope that people will come from all over to support these small businesses and Soroptimist, have a great time doing it, and support the Women’s Business Holiday Showcase the following day. We’re excited to offer our communities with an opportunity to support women’s businesses with their holiday dollars.”

For more information about the Extravaganza contact Ginger Swanson at 541-806-5333 or For more information about the Inn’s pricing and special offers, contact Kathleen O’Connor McNew at 541-386-8904 or

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