Plans are being finalized for the 43rd Annual Holiday Expo & Craft Bazaar, sponsored by the GFWC of Tennessee Greeneville Woman’s Club, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 until 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, noon until 5 p.m.
The event will take place at Hal Henard Elementary School on Vann Road.
Admission will be $3 for a single-day pass, $5 for a weekend pass, and free for children 12 and under.
There will be more than 80 local artists and vendors with handcrafted and manufactured goods for home and family.
Food will be served, door prizes will be awarded, and holiday music will fill the air, according to Crystal Hirschy and Sam Travis, co-chairpersons of the annual event.
This year the club will present a personalized ornament made by local crafter Jimmy Rader.
The disc wooden ornament features a Christmas tree cut-out and may be personalized.
According to Hirschy, “We are so proud to have a local craftsman make our ornaments this year and the club members assisted in completing them.”
Rader, who has been participating in the Holiday Bazaar since 2009, said he thoroughly enjoys his hobby, which has turned into a business.
Rader said, “I started out on a wood lathe making bowls, plates, goblets, and other items out of wood. I enjoy taking a piece of wood and trying to make something out of it. I have been making dough bowls (the old-fashioned kind) for several years now.
“These bowls are made by hand-chopping them out like our ancestors would have. I also make Adirondack chairs, swings, and do lots of scroll saw work such as ornaments and nativity scenes.”
All monies realized from the annual event will go back into the community in the areas of work of the federated club, including arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs.
For more information, send email to CrystalHirschy@gmail.com.