The Johnson County Arts Council is once again preparing for its Christmas Craft Show held every November. It had its beginnings back in 1994 when Andy Wright and two other women in the county decided to get together to make some extra money for the holidays. From this small group of women, the craft show has grown to become successful and a yearly favorite for many Johnson Countians.
This year marks the 15th Christmas Craft Show. The highly anticipated event will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the National Guard Armory on Highway 421 in Mountain City. Typically the armory is packed as the doors open, and begins to slow down somewhat around 1:00 pm, although business is still steady. This year there are 37 vendors with four on the waiting list, just in case there is a cancellation.
While many of the vendors call Mountain City home, there are several crafters who will be at the armory from Warrensville, North Carolina, Sugar Creek, Kingsport, Lebanon and Bristol. Everything in the show has to be handmade, said Renee Proffit, who is on the Christmas craft show committee.
Some of the one of a kind items available for sale include handmade jewelry, blankets, pottery, wreaths, crocheted items, handmade soaps, photography, folk art items, Santas and snowmen, candles, essential oils, stained glass, acrylic paintings and the ever-popular Saint Anthonys Church creative gift baskets. We are hoping to expand to a two-day event next year, said Proffitt. Lunch will also be available and shoppers can partake in a taco or hot dog meal.
The Johnson County Arts Council works to bring an awareness of a variety of different forms of arts to the county.
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