By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: April 2012
Hazel Ward, owner of The Nut House.
April, 2012 will be a busy and exciting month for The Nut House. Easter is on April 8, and The Nut House is already bursting with a rainbow of brightly colored items, perfect for holiday decorating. The bustling, busy spring season will continue for Hazel Ward and staff, as they prepare for Destination Claremore’s Antique and Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.
The Nut House hosted The Antique and Craft Show for Destination Claremore last year, but this year, they are the actual sponsors of the event. “We are in the building stages of something that has great promise,” says Hazel. “We had an excellent turnout last year, but this year we would like to add more local flavor to this nostalgic event.” Hazel hopes to accomplish this by garnering more interest from area antique and craft dealers.
“In the past, we’ve had antique dealers from out of state, but we would like to see more dealers from our Green Country area,” Hazel relates. “People want to feel they have a piece of Oklahoma, Rogers County, or Claremore when they buy from this event.”
Local flavor also includes a plethora of handcrafted items from local vendors, including tole paintings, crocheted and embroidered items, jewelry, crafts, decorative items, and all kinds of odds and ends. “This event is actually designed to showcase handmade gift items from local artisans,” Hazel points out. “Last year, we had a booth with gourds made into bird houses.” Plenty of booth space is still available for those who are interested, and applications will be taken until April 20. Application forms are available on the website at www.route66nuthouse.com.
Hazel plans for booths to be outside, weather permitting, but plenty of inside space has been set aside should inclement conditions arise that weekend.
Destination Claremore is a yearly, weeklong event sponsored by the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau, featuring fun events for the whole family. Since The Nut House is located on the historic “Mother Road” between Claremore and Catoosa – and is a historic feature itself – it is the perfect spot for The Antique and Craft Show.
The Nut House will of course be displaying its usual variety of nuts, gourmet food items, and gifts during the Antique and Craft Show. Hot Mama’s Deli will be serving up its delicious lunch fare for the event, with a full menu including sandwiches made from Boars Head Meat and Amish cheeses. Hazel hopes that some will want to sample the delectable dessert items they’ve added to the menu. With names like “Gooey Butter Cake” and “Knock Ya Naked Brownies,” these sweet delights need no further description.
“Of course, we want people to come and see The Nut House and sample Hot Mama’s Deli,” says Hazel with a smile, “but the purpose of Destination Claremore is to get the word out about Claremore, Rogers County, and Route 66, and we are thrilled to be a part of that.”