On Saturday, Nov. 10, Mothers Club of Geneva will welcome shoppers to our annual Arts and Crafts Show for the 38th time. This traditional holiday event presents a wonderful opportunity for you to do a little early shopping for family and friends and a whole lot of good for our community.
When you shop the more the 100 crafters who have been juried into the event, you will be supporting local artists. This year will see the return of many show favorites as well as the debut of some new artists with exciting wares in different mediums. Here is just a sampling of what you will find:
- Jewelry made with antique buttons
- Handcrafted fishing lures
- Wrought iron garden works
- Organic creams, lotions, soaps and cleaning products
- Christmas ornaments ranging from painted, personalized glass balls to ornaments made from household items to hand-sculpted Santas
- A guaranteed squirrel-proof birdfeeder
- Creations from a chainsaw carver
- “Rodney, the Repo Reindeer”, the story of a reindeer who repossesses Christmas gifts from children who behaved only to get on The List. The book will be available for purchase and can be signed by its authors, two Geneva residents.
Your $4 admission to the event (children 12 and under are free) and your purchase of raffle tickets and refreshments helps Mothers Club, a not-for-profit philanthropic women’s organization, continue to work towards its mission: improving the lives of women, children and families in the Fox Valley. Proceeds from the craft show (and from the club’s fashion show, held each April) stay in the area and make a tangible impact. More than 30 groups receive funds from Mothers Club each year. Recipients include the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Lazarus House, Marklund, Mutual Ground, the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Kane County and others. These groups help thousands of people and our donations to them – made with money you spend at the craft show – enable us to extend our reach.
Finally, a successful craft show in November allows us to award scholarships to graduating Geneva seniors each May. We recognize those students who have shown a commitment to community service in addition to academic excellence.
So stop by Geneva High School, 417 McKinley Ave., this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pick up a gift or two and maybe a fresh-baked pie. Enjoy the camaraderie of friends and the spirit of the season. It’s a great way to support the community we all call home. Visit mothersclubofgeneva.org for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.