Appalachian Craft Fair to be held in Sherman
Published 12:22 am, Thursday, July 2, 2015
The fair will also be open July 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sherman Center church.
Offerings include traditional hand-woven baskets and stools, hand-quilted bed quilts, table runners and placemats, dolls, wooden utensils and toys, stained glass, hand thrown pottery, jewelry and more.
Appalachian crafters who created the items, and who are struggling to make ends meet, are expected to receive 100 percent of the sales.
The proceeds of the sales of their craft items are often used to buy heating oil, make needed home repairs, purchase hearing aids, prescription eye glasses or dental work, support college education or purchase new shoes.
The fair began when church member Mary McKeon saw a way to "help others to help themselves" while she and others drove donated clothing and small household items to Appalachia. Impressed by the craftsmanship, and moved by the region's economic troubles, she and others loaded an empty truck with crafts and launched the first fair at the local church.