East to hold Christmas bazaar

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 06:42 AM

The exceptional children's (EC) classes at East Rutherford High School are sponsoring a Christmas bazaar at the school on Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"We are trying to raise money to take our students on trips. About 95 percent of them haven't been out of Rutherford County," said Robyn Gordon, who teaches the EC occupational course of study classes. "We want to expose them to more than what they're seeing here." 

Gordon said she already has over 30 vendors signed up including Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Thirty One, Scentsy, Avon, Tastefully Simple, South Hill Design and Alouette. These vendors will offer homemade baked goods, handmade jewelry, local crafts, pottery, deco-mesh wreaths, monogrammed T-shirts, wooden toys, scarves, Christmas ornaments and more. 

The EC department will also have a table including items that the teachers and students have made like scarves, jewelry, coasters and pot scrubbers. 

"The kids have their hand in everything," Gordon said. 

Tammy Arrowood's EC class is also assisting. She said that some of the money raised will be used to make sure each of the students receive a Christmas gift. 

"The whole point of it is for the kids," Arrowood said. 

Biscuits and donuts from Davis Donuts will be available for purchase at breakfast and there will be hotdogs for lunch. 

The teachers are hoping to make the bazaar an annual event.

"We want everyone to come out and support the kids," Gordon said. 

For vendor information please call Robyn Gordon at 828-245-6424. Tables are $10 for the day. 


Art guild hosts annual holiday boutique 


RUTHERFORDTON— The annual holiday boutique is underway at the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild. With prices starting at 50 cents, the boutique offers a variety of holiday gifts including woodwork, needlework, handmade ornaments, mittens, sweaters, hand-painted Christmas cards and much more. The items are all created by members of the guild. 

"It's a great place to come and shop for unique gifts," said Lin Venhuizen, gallery director. 

The holiday boutique will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for those wishing to shop. The boutique officially began on Saturday, Nov. 16 and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 24. It will also be open on Monday, Dec. 23. 

"It's fun to see everyone come in and pick out gifts. You meet so many interesting people who are local, long-distance and new residents," Venhuizen said. "There is never a dull moment." 

For more information about the holiday boutique call the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild at 828-288-5009. The guild will also continue to offer its normal items during this time.