South Dundas and area crafters and artists will be packing up their products and heading to the Legion in Morrisburg, this coming weekend to participate in the 38th annual Craft Show.
Organized annually by the Morrisburg and District Arts and Crafts Association, the show offers up some great products for some early Christmas shopping or shopping in general.
Members of the association and guest artists will be on hand this Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day), November 15-16, for the always popular show that has made itself part of the South Dundas community.
In the last few years, the association has set up a $1 or non-perishable food donation for entry with the money and food collected to assist the Dundas County Food Bank.
“In addition, after all of our show expenses are paid, the leftover money is divided and donated to Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Hospice and a Seaway High School bursary for a student in an Arts program,” explains association chair Linda Schenck.
“Everything we do is helping somebody in the community,” says Schenck. “We are completely non-profit. We rent from the Legion, and try to make a small donation to the local church group that provides a food table.”
Schenck has been crafting for many years, and has been with the local association since the early 90’s. Although she has had some health issues the last few weeks, she says she is excited about the show.
“I don’t have much crafts, but I will have my baked goods,” says Schenck who is well known for the goodies she sells Sundays at Mchaffie’s Flea Market north of Morrisburg.
“I do have some floral arrangements ready, and some tole painting along with my dolls (lace attired angels).”
Schenck is excited to welcome to the show, a friend from Nova Scotia who will be featuring her thrummed mitts. “They are the mitts the fishermen wear on the boats. They are really thick and really warm. Your hands will never freeze in these as the wool is all inside and they repel the water.”
Schenck, who sells the mitts on a regular basis, says, “I’ve had people come and buy them, and then come back for more.”
As for her own work, she has “its and bits of things. I do quite an assortment. I like taking old posts, putting a base on them and turning them into snowmen. I use all salvaged wood pieces that you would normally throw in the burn pile.”
Schenck is co-chairing this year’s show with Melinda Wert, who will be there with her stained glass art. “The show has really come along well. We have some new crafters who will provide a real variety of products.”
“We will have maple syrup products and a lady who makes cosmetic out of bee products. There will be stained glass, tole painting and Dwight and Helder (Morrisburg artists) will be there with their new fabulous crafted baby dolls that look just like new born babies.”
Barn Full of Goodies is also new this year, and a florist who will have fresh flower arrangements.
“This is what I love doing,” says Schenck of her crafting and of all the good the show does in the community. “I love to raise money to give to people who need it. I have spent most of my life helping people. I love doing the crafts and my baking, and of course meeting all the people. It gets me out of the house and keeps me occupied.
The South Dundas Arts and Crafts Association is inviting the South Dundas community and neighbouring communities to come out, make a few purchases and help to support local artists and the community.