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Out & Abo00 t Santa's secret tl, FROM PAGE ONE " " Workshop is The Ponchatoula Country Market. Fine Food & Entertainment ///\\;k%, What you will never, ever find at the Country Market is a tag proclaiming "Made In China," or Bangladesh, or Formosa, or Viet Nam, or anywhere other than right here, Canada does not even Christmas is not only getting too commercial, its getting too dangerous. -Linus, A Charlie Brown Christmas December - 18 Chamber after Hours 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. In conjunction with Hammond Chamber of Commerce. Host- ed by Regions Bank, Hammond. Join us for a great evening of networking, conversation and business For more infor- mation contact the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce of- rice at (985) 386-2536 December 20- Toy giveaway starting at 11 a.m., all chil- dren who might otherwise not have Christmas, are invited and encouraged to come to the Ponchatoula Community Center, enjoy a hot holiday meal with your family, and pick out your very own present qualify, because these are the rules under which the local elves op- erate in order to qualify for a booth in the converted railroad depot Santa uses for his Southern showcase. All gifts must be crafted by hand by those who hold the booth. If you dare to be truly bold and fear not the sudden rap of the knuckle, or the baleful gaze of a withering eye, then ask any of these ageless creators how long they have been crafting. You would have an easier time coming up with a recipe for the atomic bomb. Take a closer look at the craftsmen and women who hold those individual booth spaces. Pay close attention to their eyes, and to their mouths. They hold secrets. For the artistry that goes into making a unique Christmas gift, a keepsake guaranteed to stay in a family and be passed on from one generation to the next, to be treasured all along its way, is not the product of common knowledge. Call their gifts magical if you wish. Who would argue? But while giving priority to shopping locally, insuring your Christmas gift money does the most good for your city and your fellow citizens, why not take advantage of shopping where you live, where the book you buy is sold to you by the author who wrote it, where lost traditions of wood and glass live on in the creations of craftsmen the equal of which you just can't find this side of the North Pole, unless you happen to treat yourself to the magic of tile Ponchatou- la Country Market, especially at Christmas time. Just mind the elves, er, the booth holders, because they are as busy as Rudolph this time of year. Guys Night Out Ponchatoula showed their support at the Pelicans' victo- ry over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday: Attorney Parker Layrisson, Businessman Kevin Hunt, Coroner Rick Foster, and Judge Jeff Johnson. ( Courtesy Photo) !  '7 COUNTRy ARTS, CRAFTS, Jh00fflQII00 10 E. Pine Street, Ponchatoula, LA Mon-Sat: 10am-Spin. Sun: 12-Spin (985) 386-9580 Wreath and fancy Orignal Pottery bottles :::: ......... PV- o .  ........ :::: :,': .: ........ :...:   . :: .: . :.. ........... : .... ........ [,   ......... 'i;2iiii;;i:! , .... ; .......... . ..... . - ,.- ,, ....... ..." .. , a , ........... i,:ii Winning combo Santa and LSU Food for the eye ,andra Jeff ancl" Isabelle THE TIMES, DECEMBER 18,2014, PAGE 3 - Treasure booths of the Country Market :". (Times Photos) C Vintage baseball pics I Candles, jams & jellies .... . . . . . . Photos of old New Orleans .: Now THREE Locations to serve you Owners - Paige and Gary Brown The :Pie HOMEMADE PIES ForAny Occaston CALL 345-7515 Taught by James Bass & His Highly Skilled Instructors One Month Free with One Month Paid Classes CALL 985-351-1586 iu