Now in its seventh year, the annual Artisans Fair is back and bigger than ever this Memorial Day weekend, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.
Located at Millville Fire Hall for its first five years, the event eventually called for more space, which is when it was moved to LB.
“We moved because they have a larger venue, and we were kind of outgrowing the fire hall,” explained fair coordinator Ione Phillips.
As always, the Memorial Day weekend fundraiser will feature various homemade arts and crafts, including woodwork, glasswork, pottery, carvings, photography, jewelry and other forms of art.
Phillips noted that some of the fair’s featured items will include Ikebana pottery by Jeff Stambaugh, jewelry by Marcia Cupschalk, ceramic fish by Herb Consolvo and fabric wall hangings by Janice Itzel.
“We wanted to have a high-level craft show,” explained Phillips of the original idea. “We wanted handmade stuff, and we wanted quality artisans. One of our members had done something similar when she lived elsewhere. We tried it, and it’s been very successful.”
Attendees can enjoy lunch on the grounds, provided by Mac’s Catering, and join in on the charity auction and exceptionally large bake sale — which, along with the artisans’ sales, will raise money for local students for college.
After initially providing two Indian River High School students with scholarships in its first year, the event growth to also provide four Del Tech students each year with scholarships — two from any concentration and two specifically from the nursing program.
While a Del Tech committee selects the students to receive scholarships based on the Artisans Fair committee’s criteria, they have their own criteria in selecting Indian River students for the scholarships, which basically comes down to academics, community involvement and an essay about how the money will help them in their future career path.
“One of the things we do we look for is well-rounded students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher,” said Phillips after noting that students selected don’t necessarily have to be flawless academically. “We do get a lot of high-achieving students that apply. [It] doesn’t have to be the top students. A lot of times, we look at a student that maybe they didn’t do too well as a freshman but maybe they’ve improved.”
Phillips went on to note that students who work, do community service and play sports are also something they look for, and she recalled IR football standout Kees Elling as one of the past scholarship recipients.
The fair will be held on Saturday, May 24, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Ione Phillips at (302) 539-2172.