Join the Fun at the annual All Saints Anglican Church Craft Market


‘It feels like Christmas every time I open the kiln,’ said Maggie Mathews, owner of The Old Pottery Shack in Rosman.

By Dasha Morgan – Come join in the many activities on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River, for their annual Christmas Craft Market. The ladies organization of the church, the “Lasses,” with the help of Father Erich Zwingert, are once again putting on a day of fun-filled activities for all ages in combination with 24 booths of lovely handmade crafts and delicious food products. Proceeds from the day will undoubtedly be poured back into the local community, perhaps for hurricane relief or for needed school supplies in local schools.

Hand crafted jewelry, unusual pottery, glass ornaments, and even some maple candy will be available for purchase. The children can enjoy themselves at the petting zoo,outside, which will have donkeys, chicken, sheep and rabbits and other farm animals for them to enjoy. In addition there will be guilting and pottery demonstrations throughout the day. Pottery wheels will be spinning.

One of the most sought after booths is usually the tables with goodies made by the ladies of the church. This is an opportunity to pick up your favorite pie (apple, pecan,peach), cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter or other items made with with loving care and fresh ingredients. In addition you will able to find various nuts, such as pecans for sale. Lunch too will be offered. This year it will be a barbecue plate, probably with chips and slaw. And two raffles will be ongoing throughout the day. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The raffle is for two baskets. One will have local North Carolina products, and the second one will have retro items. The drawing will be at the end of the day, and you don’t have to be present to win.

Maggie Matthews, the owner of The Old Pottery Shack in Rosman, will be giving a pottery demonstrations at the Market. She said, “It feels like Christmas every time I open the kiln.” One of her favorite parts of making pottery is to open the kiln and find a new glaze combination. Maggie has only been making pottery for no more than 5 years, and she just loves it.” She makes vases, cups, and bowls in many different sizes and shapes. Her favorite glazes are a striking aqua blue, and then one that looks like a watermelon. Maggie’s store, The Old Pottery Shack, at 8879 Rosman Highway (open 11-6 Tuesday through Saturday) carries her pottery pieces, as well as honey, soaps, suncatchers, and other items.

So be sure to stop by the Christmas Craft Market on Saturday, October 7th for a day filled with fun and includes some shopping. All Saints Anglican Church is just off Rt 191 at 15 McDowell Street in Mills River. You may surprise yourself and pick up a couple of early Christmas gifts too, and it is all for a good cause.

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