Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 27, 2012

Event revived!

Long-running Val Tumlinson Memorial Holiday Gift and Craft Fair Saturday at First United Methodist Church

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A long-running Athens event gets a revival Saturday, with the Val Tumlinson Memorial Holiday Gift and Craft Fair at the First United Methodist Church.

The fundraiser for the Henderson County Food Pantry will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Organizer Patty Curtis said it will be a great opportunity to come by, and get that item that might just be perfect for the special one your list.

“We hope they will all come out, and do some shopping to support the local artisans,” Curtis said. “A lot of them are senior citizens, and use this to add to their income.”

The fundraiser had been a fixture on the calendar for more than 30 years. After long-time organizer Val Tumlinson died in June, 2011, the event lapsed.

“We just didn’t pick up the ball and run with it after she died, so we’re in the first year of the remaking,” Curtis said.

The people at the Methodist Church, especially the Methodist women, have worked hard to bring the Craft Fair back. A benefactor at the church paid the rental for the building, Curtis said.

Vendors rent tables for $15 each. Curtis said about 15 vendors have signed up, and most will have two tables for their wares.

“We have a lady bringing ceramics, all kinds of collectibles,” Curtis said. “We have a lady from Mabank coming with potholders and hand-sewn items. She has won several blue ribbons at the State Fair for her quilts.”

In addition to the arts and craft items, food is also in the mix.  You can browse the bake sale sponsored by the United Methodist Women. If you come hungry, a lunch provided by the Methodist Men will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact Patty Curtis at 903-675-8251 to find out more.