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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15 | Arts & Culture

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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.


St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.


The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.


“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish event organizer.


All items on display are hand crafted by artists from as far as Jackson and Portland, and as near as Grand Haven, Muskegon and Spring Lake.


Guests who attend can feast their eyes on an enormous variety of unusual and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts items, including the following:  homemade soaps and lotions, license plate art, watercolor-stamped cards, metal-smithed and stone jewelry, Christmas greenery and ornaments, original watercolor and acrylic paintings, stained glass objects, driftwood collages, sewn purses and totes, pottery, basketry, nail artwork, crocheted, felted and knitted items, leather items, hand-dyed silk scarves, plus collections of sterling silver bracelets, earrings and rings.


Two wood workers will offer hand-carved toys, wagons, shelves and wine holders.  Baby booths will feature hand-made ballet tutus, bibs that resemble shirts with ties attached and burp cloths.  Another vendor will show American Girl Doll clothes, backpacks, booties, coats and matching hats and mittens.


“All artworks are so imaginative and people attending our event will walk the aisles and discover unique hand-crafted gifts to give for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or simply treasures they can buy for themselves,” said Valdez.


A preview of the artists and their works can be seen online at:  http://animoto.com/play/GFqYSyEpaYCEzut0DE8abQ


One booth will feature gluten-free baked goods.  Guests will be greeted to fresh baked breads, cakes, pies, fudge, plus roasted almond sensations with flavored coatings.  There’s also home-made dog treats for household pets.


A “Kid’s Booth” will include crafts to keep busy during the event, including nail and face painting.  This booth is being supported by the parish’s EDGE group of seventh-and-eighth graders who are busy knitting scarves and creating sand art projects to sell.  They will send all proceeds from sales in the booth to support the parish’s Haiti Scholarship Fund.


“The St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish has been hosting this annual event intermittently since 1995 and we are continually inspired by the amount of talent shown among the artists represented,” said Valdez.  “There is just so much to see and choose from and we encourage people to stop by for lunch so they may see and sample the many unique items and foods available.”


Anyone interested in receiving further information about the event should contact Ellen Valdez at:  231/747-8601231/747-8601-8601 or visit the parish website at:  www.stpatsgh.org


St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first Church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  The current Church was opened in 1957 after the old Church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish.  Rev. William Langlois has served as pastor for 18 years with the parish and celebrated his 40th anniversary of Ordination in the ministry in May 2014.


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