Craft fair promotes local creators

Camp Fire Club 62 Leader Ahna Edington and member Claire Herrmann staffed a table at Healthworks' craft fair on Saturday selling handmade ornaments as a fundraiser. (Matt Hutcheson/News-Times)
Camp Fire Club 62 Leader Ahna Edington and member Claire Herrmann staffed a table at Healthworks' craft fair on Saturday selling handmade ornaments as a fundraiser. (Matt Hutcheson/News-Times)

The Christmas Craft Fair at Healthworks Fitness on Saturday attracted some of El Dorado and Union County's most talented craftspeople and gave them an opportunity to sell their wares or, in a few cases, raise money for a good cause.

Healthworks member service director Janie Ward, who organized the holiday fair, said the event is an opportunity to show off what El Dorado has to offer.

"We just want to support the community and the local crafters in the community... We've had great success from our members coming here to shop, and we've had plenty of non-members come to shop as well," Ward said.

The uniting theme of the fair, Ward added, is that every crafter was there presenting things they made themselves. Some, such as local crafter Lori Coke Stuart, brought holiday-themed items such as handmade ornaments, while others were local event mainstays such as Faye's Waterbath Canning.

"Our goal as part of the SHARE Foundation is to support the community," Ward said, referencing Healthworks' status as an agency of the local health and community-focused non-profit.

Other local businesses at the event included Elizabeth's Sassy Creations, Second Season Soapery, Jill's Treasured Art, Four Points Coffee, Knotty Corner and Watson Woods.

Camp Fire of El Dorado was also represented with a fundraising table selling ornaments hand-crafted by eight members of Camp Fire Club 62.

That table was staffed by Camp Fire Club Leader Ahna Edington and member Claire Herrmann.

"Club #62 handed painted these as a service project as a fundraiser for a [Arkansas Women's Health] Mammography Machine," Edington said. Camp Fire Club 62 members have also been busy this year, she added, supporting the Salvation Army's food pantry, which they chose as a service project.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree project is also ongoing and, according to Ward, Healthworks' tree was just restocked. The Angel Tree is a project that collects the Christmas lists of local children who qualify for the program. Those who "adopt" the children agree to use the lists to buy Christmas gifts for them.

The fitness center's tree started with 75 and, after many were adopted, received some more and now has around 35 ready for adoption.

"It's still active and ongoing... The cool thing about the Angel Tree this year is that it now has older kids, too," Ward said, referencing the fact that the SA's Angel Tree has kids from newborns to 14-years-old this year.

For more information about Healthworks, call 870-862-5442.

photo Ornaments and other items made by local crafter Lori Coke Stuart were among the offerings at Healthworks' craft fair on Saturday. (Matt Hutcheson/News-Times)

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