The last Columbus Yelp Elite Party of 2010 proved one thing: Columbus Yelpers are good with their hands! Yelp's Holiday Crafty Café sponsored by Taste of Belgium at the North Market gave all six – yes six – senses of attendees a nice flex – with special emphasis on hands-on.
Busy making grams, grampus, mom, dad or themselves, a holiday card with photos from ShutterBooth Columbus; decorating a wine gift bag with help from Jen at The Barrel and Bottle; icing their own sugar cookies with the lovely ladies from Tremont Goodie Shop; and bundling personal sacks of mulling spices while sipping hot cocoa and cider with Ben from North Market Spices, Columbus yelpers celebrated the holiday season creatively.
Aromas from off-the-griddle waffles and crepes from Taste of Belgium filled the air and bellies of busy little Elf-ers and all were able to, well, have a taste of Belgium. Liz M could kick herself for not trying it sooner! Local brewery – Neil House Brewery – and Goose Island poured hard cider and Belgian brews and Michelle K is "definitely going to check out Neil House Brewery's tasting room when they open their new location!"
Meanwhile, The Olde Souls & The Makeshift Band provided tunes to tickle the ears of attendees and new fan, Sabrina L, chimes, "You never know if music is going to add or subtract from the night until the band actually starts playing, but this band was fantastic. Not too loud, not too quiet, and playing the perfect mix of Christmas and non Christmas songs." Music to our ears indeed!
Much to the surprise of many yelpers, the Dispatch Kitchen at North Market proved to be the perfect venue! Melanie B "loved the warm, yellow brick and the fun red vinyl chairs, as well as the bar in back and the high ceilings. It is adorable!"
Lastly, Columbus yelper's sense of giving was in full force as nearly 50 pairs of gloves were donated to the North YMCA to help warm the hands of Columbus families in need.
See you in 2011, yelpers! Happy Holidays!