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American Sampler Launches Holiday Gift Season


by Callie Lyons

The 28th Annual American Sampler Craft Show will bring artisans and their work to campus in November just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

From primitives to jewelry, the wares of dozens of vendors are exhibited every year. Since the event is scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving, many artisans feature products with a holiday theme.

“Over the last 20 to 25 years I have purchased a lot of my beautiful Christmas decorations at this craft show,” said Dina Braniff of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation. “One of the reasons for this event was to showcase the talented faculty and staff.”

There is no entry fee, but vendors do have to pay for their spaces. This is one of two annual fundraisers for the Staff Council Activities Fund.

Most of the vendors are crafters who have participated for many years.

“There is one vendor in particular who has been to almost every craft show we have had,” said Pat Mollohan, event coordinator. “She has wonderful, hand sewn items and her husband does amazing wood work.”

Mollohan also participates in the sampler with a variety of her own handmade gift items. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join in with a vendor table. Space is limited, so those who wish to participate need to sign up as soon as possible.

“The craft show is open to anyone,” Mollohan said. “Students are encouraged to participate. We offer a discount for students who want to set up.”

In addition to handmade gifts and original goods from local artisans, some manufactured items will be offered. There will also be hot dogs and baked goods for sale. Crafters are also asked to donate an item for a raffle with proceeds to benefit the Staff Council Activities Fund. Also, Phi Theta Kappa will host a white elephant sale.

The 28th Annual American Sampler Craft Show will be offered in the WVUP Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

To participate in the show, contact Pat Mollohan at 304-424-8208 or email or stop by Office 1205.

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