By Danielle Coots
For the News-Current
BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Lioness Club will be hosting their Fourth Annual Homemade Art and Craft Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Bellbrook High School, 3737 Upper Bellbrook Road. This event features only products that are locally made.
“Four years ago, the Lioness Club was looking for a fundraising opportunity,” said Bellbrook Lioness chairwoman Jaynie Ramsey. “The show is juried to check the quality of the items. The ladies felt it was a good fundraiser to go with our spring garage sale.”
This year the show will feature more than 90 vendor booths. The crafts will range from seasonal to country items. Some of the vendors include Sew Cool Creations, Kaleidoscope Dyes, Creative Wire, Sinapore Seahorse Coin & Stamp, Bootleg Bracelets, Lesourd Silver and Metal Works, Fran’s Fabric Creations, Uniquely Designs, Zummo Creations, The Altered Chick, Creative Wire & More, as well as many more.
“I found that getting to know the vendors is a lot of fun,” Ramsey said. “Bellbrook High School has been fantastic in working with us. We couldn’t do it without their help.”
Just in time for the holidays, this event is a great time to find a “one-of-a-kind” gift or a conversation piece for the home or office. Each item has been individually slaved over and crafted with special enthusiasm. It’s something that can’t be found in a strip mall or shopping center.
“Every year the number of customers have been growing. Last year, we had over a thousand,” Ramsey said. “Many customers have told us how impressed they were in the items. They found the shopping experience was like finding treasures. We expect an even bigger crowd this year.”
Jeff McKee, a previous vendor told Ramsey that if the Lioness could only do one fundraiser, this would be the one to have and attend. From jewelry, painted furniture, quilts, clothing, costumes, soaps, lotions, aprons, purses, and more, this arts and craft show is the place to be.
The Lioness Club utilizes the funds collected during this event and the spring garage sale to provide Bellbrook students with scholarships. The money raised also helps fund the family violence center, community projects, Therapeutic Riding Center, pilot dogs, eye research, eye glasses, and much more. The most important aspect of the Bellbrook Lions and Lioness Clubs is that the money raised stays in the community.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.