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Crafts and lunch at Holly Fair

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

It is a holly time of year when the members of the Daughters of Isabella invite the community together for a soup and salad lunch and to shop among many craft vendors.

Holly Fair returns Wednesday, Nov. 14 to Expo Hall, which will be packed with 50 vendors selling all types of crafts. Those include canned goods, hooked items, crafts made from antiques, art work, jewelry, sewn items, quilts, woodworking items, wreaths, wooden signs, baked goods, pottery, scarves and more.

All the members participate in making the cornucopia of salads that shoppers can choose from as they go through the line, said Darlene Frank, a member.

“For nearly 40 years we’ve done it and it’s our yearly thing to make salads for our one big function,” she said. “We all know this is our big fundraiser.”

Each member makes two salads, one for each of the serving tables, she said. The members pick which salad they wish to make from a long list that is passed around at a meeting.

“We usually have plenty,” she said.

Frank and her sister, Eileen Wiley, make sure the salads get to Expo Hall and also make sure the vendor space is filled so that there is a variety for shoppers to choose from for Christmas shopping.

“We usually give the old ones the first crack at coming back and we usually have a waiting list of people wanting to get in,” she said. “We can only have 50 because that’s all we have room for.”

She did not know for sure how many years the group has sponsored the event, but it must be close to 40.

“We all enjoy it. It’s the one day we all work together because we know we got to be there,” she said. “We turn around and give it out in scholarships, to the Hope Center, St. Elizabeth Home in Indianapolis and we have a fund that if something comes up, we help out.”

The members work hard to make it a nice show because there are many craft shows and bazaars in the area, they want people to keep coming back, Frank said. The show is the organization’s biggest fundraiser. They also do a rock-a-thon at Kroger where members rock in a chair for donations.

The craft show is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the soup and the salad bar is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Luncheon tickets are $7 at the door.