Putting The "Craft" Back In "Craft Show"

"I think we have a good variety of things for everybody," remarked Melissa Kreider, vendor coordinator for the annual craft show hosted by the Believers Sunday school class of Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren.

For this year's event, set for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 1392 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, Kreider cut back on the number of direct sales representatives in response to shopper feedback. Instead, the event will focus on unique and handcrafted items. All 40 vendor slots are full, and Kreider is not accepting inquiries about spaces.

"Our craft show fills up over the summer," observed Kari Johnson, Believers member and marketing coordinator for the event.

This year's craft show will feature laser-engraved and scrollworked wooden items, dog treats, fall and Christmas decor, quillows and tote bags, copper flowers, ceramics, candles, jewelry, floral arrangements and potpourri, hand-painted and chalkboard signs, stationery, metal art and rag bags, flannel scarves, felted bowls, rubber-stamping items, Haitian tinware, and a variety of baked goods, including sandtarts. The Mechanic Grove Painting Group will sell artwork.

The Women's Fellowship will sell apple dumplings, and hot breakfast foods will also be available. Soup, salad, and sandwiches will be sold at lunchtime. Grilled cheese sandwiches have been added to this year's menu, and a soup-and-sandwich combo will be offered. Folks may choose from chicken corn noodle, broccoli cheddar, and tomato bisque. Tables will be set up so customers may enjoy their refreshments, and high chairs will be available.

"We're very family friendly," Kreider remarked. She noted that the venue is all on one level and is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible as well.

The proceeds from the craft show will be used by the Sunday school class to pay for the community meals the group serves at Huffnagle Park in Quarryville during the summer.

"Our money helps people," Kreider said.

For more information about the craft show, readers may email craftfair@mgcb.org or visit http://www.facebook.com/MGCBfallcraftshow/. An event page has been linked from the Facebook page, and vendors are posting pictures of items they will sell at the craft show.

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