Get a jump on your holiday shopping AND stimulate the kids’ creativity! This weekend the Delaware Arts Castle holds its 20th annual Arts Affair, an indoor arts festival with free admission and free gift wrapping (really good wrapping, too, with real ribbon, bold colors and cute boxes or gift bags) and free kids’ craft projects!

The Arts Affair will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Parking is mostly on the street around the Arts Castle, which is located at 190 W. Winter St. (the corner of Winter and Elizabeth streets) in Delaware.

We’ve always found a range of items at a range of prices at the Arts Affairs, and we’re told that this year, they’ve got an inventory of about 1,000 items in glass, acrylics, fiber art, oils, wood, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors and multi-media works.

For more information, call 740-369-ARTS (2787) or visit their website at