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B&B Craft Show

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A family tradition

By Sherry Archie

Traditions of the current season include cooler autumn weather, falling leaves of gold, aroma of turkey roasting, Black Friday sales and Clemson and Carolina fans showing their school spirit. Only one thing is missing from this list – the B&B Craft Show.  

Celebrating its 32nd year, the B&B Craft Show promises to offer one-of-a-kind hand crafted gift ideas just in time to kick off of the holiday shopping season.

Barbara Bowers and Novis Baker came up with an idea that has since stood the test of time. They held the first ever B&B Craft Show in a vacated body shop on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

With lots of talented friends who made crafts by hand but didn’t have any where to showcase and sell them, Bowers and Baker decided to bring everyone together and have one big sale.

Through this effort, the B&B Craft Show was born. The show has since moved around to different locations like the old Red Square dance building on Great Falls Highway and the National Guard Amory (until the Gulf War broke out). Today, the tradition continues at the Springdale Recreation Center. The show is still held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and most of the crafts are still homemade.   

Again this year, the show, sponsored by Landmark Pentecostal Holiness Church, will fill the Springdale Recreation Center with 55 creative vendors from all over the Carolinas – some returning for multiple years and some joining the fun for the first time.

Vendors, Kelly Ellis and her 67-year-old mother, Eileen O’Neill, look forward to returning this year. They enjoy spending many hours together creating an inventory of goods to sell. Ellis says they dabble in a lot of different crafts so they can offer a variety of items. Carolina and Clemson fans will be pleased to know they will have plenty of fleece wear, pillows, stockings and Santa hats loaded with school spirit just in time for the much anticipated football game. Ellis says she also enjoys photography and brings her “windows” to the show.

“With many people working in cubical environments, they are pretty limited to views of the outside world. My pictures provide a little ‘window’ giving these people an opportunity to look away from their computers and escape to a different place for a moment,” Ellis said.

Becky Lowery, B&B Craft Show coordinator, says they are proud to add several new vendors to their popular line up. Among them is artist Allen Garland who will have original paintings, drawings and photos on hand, Emalia Roller with Elkwood Farm who will sell homemade soaps, and Cindy Williamson who will provide painted oyster shells and wood-burned and painted gourds.   

Again this year, the Rev. Larry and Jan Hancock will stir up their famous homemade vegetable soup, complete with fresh cornbread.

You can even purchase vegetable soup to take home and enjoy on a cold winter day.

You’ll also find hot dog plates with homemade cake slices.

The show is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Springdale Recreation Center.

Admission is free, just as it has been for the last 32 years.  

Lowery does suggest for everyone to bring non-perishable food items as a donation to HOPE in Lancaster and KARE of Kershaw.

Santa will be stopping in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to get your list in early.

Come early and stay late.