By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014
Eastern Hills Baptist Church is gearing up for their 6th annual fall craft show on September 20. Youth Pastor Austin Clark, left, and Senior Pastor Phil Tallman are excited about this year’s show.
Handcrafted soaps and body products, wood crafts, boutique items and home décor, along with many other items, will be available at the 6th annual fall craft show hosted by Eastern Hills Baptist Church on Saturday, September 20. Located one mile north of Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, the doors will open at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
“We’re excited about this year’s event,” says Trista Hill, event organizer. “We’ve also changed the name of the event to Harvest on the Hill Craft Show.”
The popular craft show continues to grow each year, with more vendors as well as participants. “Our vendor list fills up fast and we usually have a waiting list,” she adds. “We have returning vendors as well as returning customers. We’ve created a good following, with vendors participating from all over Oklahoma.”
Because of the increased demand for vendor space, the church has added outdoor spots. “Some vendors actually prefer to set up outdoors,” she adds, “but if you want an indoor space, you need to register as soon as possible. Some of our vendors signed up at the end of last year’s event.”
A mix of commercial and handcrafting vendors will be on site this year again, including Pampered Chef and 31. Other vendors who have already signed up include an internationally-recognized handmade jewelry maker called Senoj Designs. “Her jewelry, which has been picked up by a London distributor, will debut there in March 2015,” Hill adds. “Her handmade pieces are very reasonably priced and run the gamut from the casual, everyday look to the night on-the-town look.”
For women who like bling, there will be vendors offering jewelry, purses, clothing and other accessories in their boutique booths. Some of the jewelry is handcrafted, including personalized key chains and rings made of wire.
“We also have a vendor who has a line of baby boutique items, including embroidered items, all hand-crafted,” she adds.
In addition to these booths, one vendor will be offering Survivor bracelets. Made from parachute cord material, the bracelets are sold to raise money for mission groups.
The first 50 customers in the door that day will receive a goodie bag containing coupons and freebies from the participating vendors. In addition, all shoppers will receive a vendor map when they enter the door. Each vendor will have a stamp to mark their place on the map, and at the end of the day, drawings for a variety of prizes from area businesses like
QuikTrip, Stonebridge Nursery and Fitness Time for Ladies will be held.
Concessions, run by the church youth, will offer lunch as well as home-baked goodies during the six-hour event. All profits from the concession stand help fund summer camp at Falls Creek.
Proceeds from booth rentals benefit the church. “We have used the proceeds in the past to help fund a mission trip and help purchase a church van, as well as splitting the proceeds between the youth and children’s departments for their needs,” says Hill.
Booth space is still available. Cost is $30 for the 6’ x 8’ space, with one 8’ table provided. The vendor can bring in extra tables. Deadline for signing up is Wednesday, September 17.
“This really is a family-oriented event,” Hill says, “and we are striving for a festival-like atmosphere for our shoppers by adding free inflatables for the kids and other activities. We will also have live music from local bands this year.”
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.