BY CHARLES ROMANS
FOR THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
FLATWOODS The Russell High School band hosted its annual craft show fundraiser Saturday as part of its efforts to support the nearly 70 students who participate in the school’s band program.
“We have been doing this fundraiser for over 30 years,” said Jane Moore, a member of the parent band association. She said more than 50 vendors were part of this year’s event.
The craft show included local vendors and artisans, some from as far away as Pedro, Ohio. Work in many different media was well represented at the event, with each crafter showcasing their individual interests and skill. Some of the items offered for purchase from vendors were stained glass work, marionettes, woodcrafts and numerous hand-sewn items.
Holiday items such as handmade bows and other decorations were also available, as well as items personalized to favorite sports teams and the like.
Events such as the craft show not only help organizations like the band parents association to raise money for its cause, but it also gives the many skilled craftsmen and artisans in the area a place to interact with the public and present their creations.
Moore, who is in her second full year with the event, said community support is typically excellent, and local residents look forward to seeing all of the new things available each year.
Moore said that along with the event, the association likes to offer other things of interest and support for the community as well. As part of this community activism, the event also included a blood drive with the American Red Cross and Health Screenings with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. The association also hosts a spring and fall fundraiser each year, and includes similar community-focused booths and screenings during those fundraisers as well.
The band parents association provided their popular concessions for the event, which Moore said was an excellent source of revenue. The combination of vendor’s rental fees and concessions, Moore said, typically yields good results. The funds raised will go toward various band needs such as instruments and uniforms for the band students and the current goal of a box truck needed to haul the various instruments and equipment when the band travels.
The popularity of the event offset the day’s poor weather, and patrons braved cold rain to support the school’s band by turning out and browsing through the colorful items offered.
Crafts of all kinds were available at the Russell High School band craft festival on Saturday. It has been an ongoing fundraiser for more than 30 years, said organizer Jane Moore.