Art show gives back to community-Part Two

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Several shows come together in Pewee Valley

By Melissa Blankenship

As an annual event that’s been going on for more than 14 years, Arts & Crafts Day in Pewee Valley continues to raise money for worthy community causes.

The Pewee Valley Woman’s Club will host an arts and crafts show featuring over 60 juried artists on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church, while other shows will be held at St. James Church, St. Aloysius Church and at 314 Exchange on Mt. Mercy Drive.

Admission is free at each venue and proceeds from the show sales will benefit the Pewee Valley Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, the St. James women’s ministry program and the St. Aloysius school arts program.

“Originally it was just our show at the Presbyterian Church, but then St. Aloysuis had a show on same day so we decided to join forces so to speak,” said Rose Heite, craft show chair and Pewee Valley Woman’s Club member. “So we just began advertising it as Arts and Crafts Day in Pewee Valley.”

Heite said the show prides itself on offering handcrafted, high quality items that are unique and special.

“We want it to be a quality show that includes artists and craftspeople,” Heite said. “When someone walks into one of our shows, they are not going to find the same old stuff they can walk into a store and buy off the shelf. They will find unique quality pieces, made by hand, with love attached to it, which will make it even more valuable.”

Heite said shoppers would find moderately priced items ranging from metal sculpture to duct tape purses and wallets, florals to pottery and more.

“We have one vendor who’s been a part of our show for years who makes relishes, cakes, cookies and pumpkin rolls and chocolate rolls,” Heite said. “If you’re a chocoholic, it’s to die for.”

Also available at the event is a Split the Pot raffle. Tickets are $2 and are available for purchase at the show or online at www.pvwcky.net. A cake auction and silent auction of over 40 baskets of donated items will also be available. The proceeds from all these efforts are funneled back into the community. The Pewee Valley Woman’s Club chooses to support Oldham County Community Scholarships, formerly known as Oldham County Dollars for Scholars.

“It’s mainly because we are a woman’s group and most of us are moms who have gone through the experience of someone in our family or even our own children who would have definitely benefitted from additional funds to help afford college,” Heite said. “For most of our scholarship winners, this is make it or break it and will help an Oldham County student by giving them the opportunity to go to college where they might not have been able to afford it.”

The arts show is held in conjunction with a home tour by the Pewee Historical Society. The Beeches, 125 Central Avenue, is the former home of “Little Colonel” author Annie Fellows Johnston. The current owners will open the 13-room home for tours on Sat., Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost of $15 cash or check which will benefit Friends of Pewee Valley. For more information, please see the article about the home tour on page A?.

Because the Pewee Valley Arts & Crafts show is on the same day as the Arts on Quality Place in Buckner, businesses along Highway 146 between the two venues will offer specials and discounts to shoppers who plan to attend both.

“It’s a way to support our local businesses at the same time we raise money for our own fundraisers,” Heite said.

For example, Texican’s BBQ is offering a buy one sandwich get one free special for patrons who present the promotional flyer at the time of purchase. If shoppers visit just one of the participating businesses, they are eligible for a $100 cash drawing at the end of the weekend. 

For more information, visit www.pvwcky.net, or contact Lee Goss at (502) 241-7358.