Autumn craft show on tap for weekend

Published 9:45 pm Thursday, September 6, 2012

Emilie Wilkes, a client of The Blind Center, works on a woven basket destined for the gift shop. (WDN File Photo/Kevin Scott Cutler)

This weekend’s Autumn Area Craft Show attracted tons of vendors to the annual fundraiser for The Blind Center.
“We have 23 vendors,” said Deborah Waters, assistant director of The Blind Center. “So, both buildings are full.”
The show, which starts today and runs through Saturday, is located at the corner of Third and Harvey streets and will also have a few vendors outside.
This year will have a variety of vendors, including watercolor prints, quilts, cross stitch, pottery, rustic stools, walking sticks, painted glass and handmade soaps.
“And there are several handmade jewelry vendors,” Waters said.
The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be a tempting lunchtime stop for downtown with meatball subs, pimento cheese sandwiches and hot dogs for sale.
“That’s homemade pimento cheese made by someone who works in our office,” Waters said. “I’m partial to the pimento cheese. But I didn’t make it.”
The show is one of the center’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Profits from the event go to The Blind Center’s general fund.
Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle. Raffle prizes include a handmade quilt from Peggy Jones, a necklace and earrings set made of sterling silver and freshwater pearls by Valda Belyeu and an oak footstool with a woven seat made at the center.
“We’re a nonprofit so any fundraising that we can do helps,” Waters said.
For more information about the facility’s programs, call 252-946-6208. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to The Blind Center, P.O. Box 491, Washington, N.C. 27889.