By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009
Nancy Stanley shows off an embroidered blouse from a previous ESA Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar.
The 37th annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar, sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Sorority’s Alpha Rho Chapter of Broken Arrow, will be held at Clarence Oliver Middle School on Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oliver Middle School is located at 3100 W. New Orleans (101st Street South) and is about halfway between 129th and 145th East Avenues. This annual arts and crafts show has grown in popularity throughout the years and attracts vendors and attendees throughout northeastern Oklahoma.
Admission to the show is free, and vendors will be selling plenty of hot food to whet your appetite. If you are interested in securing booth space, you may contact Nancy Stanley at (918) 251-0617. Booth space is only $40 per booth, electricity is available, and all vendors donate 10 percent of their total sales to ESA to benefit local, regional and national charities.
Some of our local charities that benefit each year from ESA’s annual craft show include the Margaret Hudson Program, Broken Arrow Neighbors, Meals on Wheels, United Methodist Committee On Relief, who sends school packets to children all over the world, the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council, who will have used books for sale at the show, Blue Star Mothers, St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, who will be selling breads and jams for Backpacks 4 Kids, the organization that sends food home with local kids who won’t have food to eat for the weekend, and Neighbor for Neighbor of Tulsa. Neighbor for Neighbor will have a booth at the craft show, and the people they serve make all the craft items they sell. In addition to these charities, the ESA Arts & Crafts Bazaar will benefit scores of others, such as a young woman from Broken Arrow who is putting herself through physical therapy training.
This year’s committee is expecting more than 100 exhibitors. All exhibits are indoors, and plenty of free parking is available at Oliver Middle School. A wide variety of exhibitors with a vast assortment of crafted wares will be on hand. One of the things that committee chairperson Nancy Stanley finds exciting is that most of the popular crafters who come back year after year bring a lineup of totally new crafts to each show. There are also new crafters with plenty of fresh gift ideas to present.
According to Stanley, “Worldwide, ESA chapters provide members with hands-on endeavors that provide more than 650,000 direct service hours and $12 million in cash and pledges for charitable causes each year.” One of the organization’s respected charities is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. ESA has supported St. Jude by raising more than $120 million through participation in a wide variety of events over the years.
You are invited to become an exhibitor or an attendee of the 37th annual ESA Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar at Oliver Middle School on Saturday, October 24 from 9 to 5. There will be lots of really nice crafts on exhibit, and your help and support will be graciously appreciated.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.