By Brandon Martin
The Historic John D. Bassett (HJDB) Event Center will be hosting a Christmas Vendor/Craft Fair on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
This year marks the first time that HJDB has offered a Christmas Craft Fair.
“The response has been incredibly overwhelming,” said Sharon Mills, event coordinator at HJDB. “We have had to nearly triple our original allotted space to accommodate the number of crafters that have confirmed.”
Vendors for the event paid $20 for a booth and two chairs to sell their products. Only one representative can set up a booth, per company to avoid duplications. Since handmade crafts are deemed unique, there is no limit for booth space provided to these crafters.
Mills expects a huge turnout to the event.
“Many crafters will travel an hour or more to have the opportunity to set up here,” she said. “This is our first, but we anticipate a fantastic turn out! We will have concessions available and will be giving away door prizes.”
According to Mills, events at HJDB are about community, and events like the craft fair were planned to highlight that aspect.
“The date, December 7, was scheduled to correlate with the Bassett Parade allowing the entire Bassett community to showcase what Bassett has to offer,” she said, and explained what she most looks forward to about the event this year.
“I look forward to seeing the amazing talent that will be on display, while working on my Christmas list,” said Mills. “It has been such a pleasure to speak with each crafter and vendor scheduled to attend. They spend so much time, pouring their heart and soul into their craft. We are completely humbled by the support we have received with the craft fair and the community involvement. It takes a lot of support to keep such a large, historical, non-profit building open to the public.”
The Historic John D. Bassett Event Center will host its first ever Christmas Vendor/Craft Fair on Dec. 7.