The Christmas season can be a stressful time of year with holiday shopping and the usual crowds, but the 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 5 at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center made shopping for loved ones an easy and enjoyable time.
Vendors selling handcrafted merchandise, artwork, Osage regalia items, baked goods, canned goods, Christmas candy, handcrafted furniture, home décor, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments at the event.
Local businesses such as Spurs and Arrows and the Cedar Chest sat up booths with their merchandise. Small business owners such as Amy Shackleford had a booth with her custom embroidery business and vinyl apparel gifts. Osage artist Joe Don Brave had a booth with his artwork on t-shirts, mouse pads, bags, prints and mugs. Osage artist Kilan Jacobs had a booth with his artwork as well.
There were also booths with moccasins, shawls, blankets, Mary Kay, Origami Owl Jewelry, pottery, Pendleton furniture, clothes and much, much more.
The Osage Nation Education Department hosted a Christmas STEM related activity, a Christmas Candy House competition for children. The goal was to demonstrate engineering, architecture and math skills when designing their houses. They were to use gingerbread, graham crackers, icing, and candy and other sweet treats to build their Christmas Candy House for the competition.
The judges for the competition were Talee Redcorn for Engineering, Hallie Winter for best Artist, Ace Elsea for best Architect.
Pehan RedCorn – Best Engineering Structure Jayden Henley – Most Creative Architectural Design Antwine and William Hamilton – Greatest Innovative Design.
Mia Mashunkashey – Yummiest
Kristo Revard – Most Unique
Jewel Miya Sonja Santini, Best Engineering Structure
Essence Jones- Most Creative Architectural Design
Christopher Hessert- Greatest Innovative Design
Lillie McCann- Yummiest
John Williams- Most Unique
Kyle Pepper- Best Engineering Structure
Vincent Santini- Greatest Innovative Design
Most Holiday Spirit