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WVPA Sharing: Buckhannon hosting Christmas Craft Show featuring hand-crafted WV items

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon National Guard Armory will be transformed into one of the largest holiday showcases in Central West Virginia as the Christmas Craft Show celebrates 31 years Nov. 30 and Dec 1.
“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 unique items available for purchase,” organizers said, noting that the event has been “bringing a wonderful shopping experience to the area” for more than three decades.
Admission to the show is a donation of non-perishable food items, personal items or cleaning supplies for Crosslines Food Pantry which is in dire need during this holiday season.
The shopping hours are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon until 5 p.m.

Organizers said the show started in a church fellowship hall with 20 crafters and has now “evolved into the Christmas Craft Show, highlighting the personal flair of artisans from all over West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.”

Coordinators Pamela Wilson and Brenda Casto jury and select each artisan for the show. This process ensures the quality of each hand-crafted item. The jurying process also maintains the integrity and quality that the public has come to expect from the Christmas Craft Show, a craft official said, adding “shoppers will be captivated as they stop by each artisan’s booth to examine the specialty items offered for sale,”
This year’s show will offer unique birdhouses, leather items, baskets, folk art, pottery, dolls, wreaths, jewelry, stained glass , Christmas ornaments and many more unique items. In addition to hand-made crafts including, Molly Williams, Mary Walker and Patsy Persinger will offer holiday goodies such as fudge, hard-tack candy, lollipops, cookies, cakes, gourmet chocolates, breads and salsas.

Organizers note the show will also feature the work of several outstanding artisans including Richard Ware, Robin Oldaker, Becky Williams,  Cara Stanford, and Theresa Servetas. Many familiar faces from the tri-state area are slated to return along with many new skilled artisans.

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