Crafters gear up for show: Weekend event to feature 175 vendors at Sprayberry
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The 2012 Sprayberry High School Arts and Crafts Show will feature 175 vendors who will display their crafts on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. <br>Special to the MDJ
The 2012 Sprayberry High School Arts and Crafts Show will feature 175 vendors who will display their crafts on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday between noon and 4 p.m.
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MARIETTA – Those looking for a few creative holiday gift ideas for family or friends might want to check out the 2012 Sprayberry High School Arts and Crafts Show this weekend that marks the 30th year the school will host the event to help raise funds for the Parent-Teacher-Student Association.

This year’s show features 175 vendors who will display their crafts on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. The school is located at the corner of East Piedmont and Sandy Plains roads in east Cobb.

There will also be a raffle, and shoppers are encouraged to purchase a ticket for their chance to pick one of 150 crafter’s gift items. Fatty’s of Atlanta and local ice cream vendor Scoop-Itz will be set up outside selling food, and the girls basketball boosters will be set up inside.

Parking and admission are free, and the event is open to the public.

Debbie Serro, the parent of a junior at Sprayberry and vice president of the Sprayberry PTSA, is volunteering for the third year in a row.

“Most of them are local crafters and a lot of the time we get the same ones back year after year,” she said. “They just love the shows, so they are repeats.”

Students volunteer at the show receive community service hours for school by helping attendees locate vendors, hand out maps, greet visitors, load and unload supplies for vendors or set up booths that are spread throughout the gym, hallways and commons area.

“I think it’s just a great community event that brings everyone together for the holiday season,” Serro said. “They love to go through and see these one-of-a-kind events and support our programs that the PTSA provides to our student body.”

Funds help pay for the next year’s craft show, student honors night, teacher appreciation events and grants, and some senior scholarships.

Long-time Sprayberry secretary and former school parent Sherryl Harvey said the event started out very small in the early 80s and at one point the PTSA hired an outside agency to come in and run the show but that was halted quickly after members realized they could collect more funds if they ran it themselves.

“It’s probably one of the larger shows in the whole area and it’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving,” she said.

Harvey said she helped with the show in the late 1980s and early 1990s when her children were attending the school.

Harvey encourages others to attend if they can this weekend.

“A lot of people have put a lot of work into it and it’s something Sprayberry can be proud of,” she said.

One of this year’s vendors is Coë Steinwart of east Cobb, who has been participating as a crafter for about five years.

Steinwart is a watercolor painter and illustrator, more specifically for the famous “Elf on the Shelf” book.

“I’ll bring a lot of that stuff … accessories,” she said. “I’ll also have some watercolor reprints.”

The 79-year-old said she’s been an artist her whole life, attending art school in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“The people are just so helpful so it’s like a happy show to do,” she said. “The kids at the school are supposed to, and do it real well, help you get your stuff set up. I look forward to it!”
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