By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013
ESA Alpha Rho publicity committee co-chairs JoAnn Bierig and Bev Schwarzkopf show off some of their favorite crafts.
The holiday season is fast approaching and with it, the perfect excuse to shop! This season, consider picking out the perfect gift while supporting local artisans and the community at the same time. Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Sorority’s Alpha Rho Chapter in Broken Arrow hosts their 41st annual Arts and Crafts Benefit Bazaar on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oliver Middle School.
Every year, over a hundred booths showcase a broad range of handmade products, such as holiday decorations, wood crafts, jewelry, baby and children’s clothes, dried and silk flower arrangements, candles, college-themed crafts and clothes, and much more.
Admission is free, and there is plenty of convenient parking at the school. Drinks and hot food will be available throughout the day. Kids’ activities are planned too, including a make-it-and-take-it booth, where children can create their own crafts and bring them home afterward. Keep an eye out for drawings and raffles with some special prizes. In all, a full day of fun and shopping is planned – all located under one roof, and supporting an organization that does tremendous work in the community.
Thousands come from all over Green Country to shop and support the Arts and Crafts Benefit Bazaar, and this year will be no different. It is not too late for interested vendors to register. Booths are $45 with an additional $3 fee for access to electricity. Exhibitors donate 10 percent of sales to ESA, helping support the many local, state and national charities with which they partner.
Over the years, ESA’s Alpha Rho Chapter has raised more than $240,000 for charities. Some of the local organizations that ESA Alpha Rho partners with include Meals on Wheels, Broken Arrow Neighbors, Margaret Hudson Program and Clarehouse. The sorority has also funded scholarships and provided backpacks for students in Broken Arrow. At the state level, ESA supports the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur. Nationally, ESA partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – a longtime collaboration which has helped raise over $176 million toward pediatric cancer research.
ESA Alpha Rho in Broken Arrow contributes to the community in a variety ways, beyond simply fundraising. “Many members volunteer at other charities, including St. John’s Hospital and the Tulsa Zoo,” says Bev Schwarzkopf, co-chair of the event publicity committee. JoAnn Bierig, fellow co-chair, adds, “ESA members also volunteer in public schools, often serving as test monitors for exams.”
Whether you are searching for that perfect unique gift for a loved one or treating yourself, you are sure to find what you are looking for at the ESA Alpha Rho 41st annual Arts and Crafts Benefit Bazaar. The only thing better than discovering your next favorite craft item is helping others in the process. Join ESA for a fun day with your family and community on Saturday, October 26. For more information about exhibiting or attending, contact Nancy Stanley, craft show chair at (918) 251-0617 or via email at
Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.