This weekend is all about art and fairs, some of which mark the start of the holiday season just prior to Thanksgiving.
Saturday will bring a special visit from the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, who will visit a Manchester jewelry shop in conjunction with an exhibit displaying her artworks.
Two of the local holiday fairs that have drawn great attention over the years are the Holy Family Parish fair at St. Ann Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which features everything from a spin-the-wheel game to fresh fish chowder to putting together a box of homemade cookies.
The Rockport PTO fair at Rockport High School on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. features many Cape Ann artisans, food, children’s games, Santa and more. This is only the start of the fairs that will continue in the weeks ahead.
Also, the 18th annual Taste of Magnolia, a benefit for the Magnolia Library and Community Center, is slated for Friday night from 7 to 9:30 at the library, located at Lexington and Norman avenues in Magnolia.
Edwina Sandys at Gladstone
Edwina Sandys, the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill and a renowned British-born artist and author, will be at Gladstone jewelers in Manchester for a special event.
The shop is hosting an exhibit of her prints and drawings beginning Friday and running through Jan. 25, with an opening reception for the exhibit to be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, from 3 to 6 p.m., Sandys will be at the shop at 36 1/2 Union St. for an artist reception and book signing. Sandys will not be at the reception on Friday night.
Sandys — recipient of the 1997 United Nations Society of Writers & Artists Award for Excellence — creates provocative and playful art on diverse subjects, which addresses essential questions about politics, society, and feminism. Her work is in the collections of the Tate Britain and the Brooklyn Museum of Art among other prominent galleries, museums, and international sites. Her book “Edwina Sandys ART” was a 2011 Book of the Year.