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BY: Rikki Cason | November 08, 2012

The Kenan Arts Council will host its 32nd annual Holiday Gift Show Nov. 16 through Nov. 18 at the Kenan Center.

The show will feature 50 crafters who will display their work throughout the Kenan Center grounds.

Event co-chair Jane Corser said when the vendors are set up in the historic Kenan mansion and the two carriage houses, it really brings a nice ambiance for shoppers.

“It’s the best show around,” said Corser.

This year’s show will feature a number of returning artists. Corser said many people return year after year, looking for specific artists and vendors.

Elizabeth Cooper, who creates santas and dolls are one of those artists. Corser said each year people look for her and love to collect her santas.

There will also be 11 new artisans joining the show, offering a wide variety of items for sale.

They include Joelle McAndrew, who will have one-of-a-kind cloth dolls that girls can play with. She also has doll accessories and pets for the dolls.

Bonnie Nelson will have jewelry using various precious metals. Nicole Johnson makes art dolls from polymer clay, which she calls “mealy monsters.” Artist Dennis Sherer will highlight acid treated copper cuffs and earrings.

Other vendors will have painted glass, greeting cards, baskets, jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, wooden products, jewelry and more.

While walking in between the buildings there’s a number of holiday decorations and lights to put people in a festive mood.

Those attending can also buy a ticket from the Kenan Quilters’ Guild for their quilt raffle.

Shamus Restaurant will again be offering shoppers soups, gourmet sandwiches and desserts. Corser said, however, unlike years past where the café is set up in the greenhouse, this year they will be on the theater stage. The “On Stage Café” will be eloquently decorated for the holidays, including a chandelier.

There will also be a beverage station with mulled cider, hot coffee, tea or a cold drink.

At the goody booth in the potting shed, people can purchase a variety of homemade cookies, candy, breads and holiday cakes.

The Friends of the Kenan Herb Club will also be in the area outside of the shed with a variety of homespun gifts from the garden.

The meeting room annex will feature a basket raffle.

Each year, organizers ask those attending to bring an item to donate. This year they will be collecting preschool school supplies, such as safety scissors, glue, crayons and washable stamp pads. All collected supplies will be distributed to local preschools in the area.

Tickets for the show are $3. Proceeds of the show will support the Kenan Center and their community-oriented programs.

The show is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

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