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Christmas Craft Show to celebrate 30 years

November 23, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Buckhannon National Guard Armory will be transformed into one of the largest holiday shows in central West Virginia as the Christmas Craft Show celebrates 30 years.

Christmas music and the aroma of Campbell's Kettle Corn will fill the air as holiday shoppers are charmed by the assortment of hand-crafted items available for purchase.

Having started in a church fellowship hall with 20 crafters, the show has evolved into the Christmas Craft Show, highlighting the personal flair of artisans from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Coordinators Pamela Wilson and Brenda Casto jury and select each artisan for the show. This process ensures the quality of items and also maintains the integrity that the public has come to expect from the Christmas Craft Show.

Shoppers will be captivated as they stop by each crafter's booth to examine the specialty items offered for sale. This year's show will offer unique birdhouses, leather items, baskets, folk art, potter, dolls, wreaths, jewelry, stained glass and many more unique items. In addition to hand-made crafts and Christmas ornaments, Mary Walker, Patsy Persinger and Jim Sali will offer holiday goodies such as fudge, hard-tack candy, lollipops, cookies, cakes, gourmet chocolates, breads and salsas to tempt anyone's taste buds.

This year's show will feature the impressive work of several outstanding artisans including Tom and Suzen Bell, Viola Blare, Janet Carpenter, Grace Phillips and Theresa Servetas. Many familiar faces from the tri-state area are slated to return along with many new skilled artisans.

The Christmas Craft Show's holiday shopping hours are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Admission to the Christmas Craft Show is a donation of non-perishable food items or cleaning supplies for Crosslines food pantry which is in dire need during this holiday season.



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