A local organization formed 40 years ago continues to offer a marquis event that ushers in the festive season annually.
That 40 year old organization is the Morrisburg and District Arts and Crafts Association, which will be presenting its 40th annual Christmas Craft Sale Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 20th in the hall at the Morrisburg Legion.
A true craft show, featuring goods fully produced by the show exhibitors, doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The hall will be filled with a wide variety of arts and crafts ranging from the traditional to the trendy.
Linda Schenck and Dwight Saunders, who along with Melinda Wert are pivotal organizers of the event, recently spoke with The Leader about the upcoming show.
Schenk has been part of the Morrisburg Arts and Crafts Association for about 20 years, Saunders for about 10 years and Wert for about 15 years.
They say that last year was one of the best attended shows in recent memory with over 700 people coming through the doors.
Admission is a $1 donation which goes directly to the Dundas County Food Bank for food purchases.
Community-mindedness has always been a priority for this organization.
“For 40 years this has been a non-profit venture,”said Saunders.
While revenue from sales stay with the vendors, the vendors do pay a fee to have a booth at the show.
With those vendor booth fees, the organization pays its bills. “After that, all proceeds above those minimal expenses go back to the community,” explained Schenck
She is proud to report that almost $17,000 worth of donations have been made possible though the community and craft show vendors support of this sale.
Made possible through this event, $8,450 has been donated to Winchester Hospital, $2,000 to Dundas County Hospice, $4,425 to a Seaway District High School Bursary, and $1,782 to the Dundas County Food Bank, not including the significant number of food items donated at the door.
Asked what keeps the show and the group going, year after year, Schenck said, “We believe in what we are doing. It not only gives the arts and crafts community a place to showcase their talents locally, it also helps the community by allowing us to contribute to important local charities.”
“Fortunately, we have been able to continuously attract like-minded people to the organization all of whom have a similar mindset,” added Saunders.
When the organization was formed 40 years ago it had about 30 members.
These days it has about a dozen members, and some have been around since the beginning.
“We have three lifetime members,” said Schenck; Pat Stewart, Catherine Scott and Jean Presley.
Also involved with this craft sale since its inception has been the ladies of the Knox Presbyterian Church who have served up lunches at the sales for four decades.
Although the show does not exclusively feature locals, Saunders says that the group has always tried to make them a priority.
This year, about 30 vendor booths will feature a great selection of arts, crafts and other homemade items.
Schenck and Saunders encourage everyone to drop by the sale to see all the items produced by a vast and talented group, get a great start on holiday shopping, or just drop by to enjoy the camaraderie of such a wonderful longstanding tradition.
To celebrate the special anniversary of the show, there will be cake at 11 a.m. Saturday.