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by Patty Cheffey
Skipping a year and not being able to distribute funds to local organization has only strengthened the BLP Club’s commitment to this year’s Holiday Gift Show, even though there will be a couple of changes.
The 48th Annual Holiday Gift Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palmyra High School, 1703 S. Main St.
There is an admission charged, but ages five and under are free. All those attending must enter through the PHS gym doors as the north doors will be locked.
However, according to Kathy Nicholson, BLP president, because of COVID restrictions, there will be no childcare this year and no lunch available for purchase.
“There is just no way to keep everything sanitized and keep everyone safe,” she said.
“We were not able to have the show last year due to COVID restrictions,” said Nicholson. “But we are thrilled to be back this year.
She added, BLP has lined up some “high quality merchandise and vendors” from the tri-state area,” she added.
Vendors this year include Popp’n on Maine, Simple Rose Boutique, Mule Yard Crafts, McCoy Mercantile, Beads and More, Oak Ridge Engraving, Benton/ Bowles, JL’s Busy Nest, BOHO Swag, Marshell’s Ceramics, Sandra Brashears, Sarah’s Baked Goods, Superior Wreaths and Home Decor, Pink Zebra, Simply Fun with Jenn, H’Lee Inspired Designs, Brenda Beck Fisher, Jill Havermale, Hayden Woodworking, Hillyer Confections, Janet Holland, Expressions in Stained Glass and Wood, B Creative, Teresa’s Treasures, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi $5 Jewelry, Elvis Pupsley Snacks, S&D Candles, Plunder Jewelry. Rita McNew Christmas, Thirty One, DM Designs, Inspired by the Farm, Krafty Kustoms, E&T Enterprises, Tupperware, Heather’s Creations, Dough-licious, LLC Kimberly Shinn’s Pencil and Paper Creations, Sew Special Creations, Tastefully Simple, Watkins Products, Country Shop, Norwex, Scentsy, Tracy Williams and Shirley Kroner, Good, Usborne Books, Color Street Mary Kay, The Write Glitter/Impressed Design, Vicki ARbor and Laura Cordray, Monica Ruth, Krete by Kate, The Trendy Soul, Mandysih, Sipology, and Lynn Zielinski Designing Images.
Those vendors will be offering a variety of items, everything from Christmas and seasonal decor, wooden items, handmade wall hangings and ornaments, watercolor originals, mini tins, porch decor and signs, fleece blankets, decorated towels, log items, clothing, pillows, wall art, wreaths and floral arrangements to rustic items, just to name a few.
While BLP will not be serving a lunch this year, there will be food items available for purchase from vendors.
“Our women’s club is small, but mighty,” Nicholson said. “We have been one of the biggest and best gift shows in the area. We have had to rebuild after being closed for a year and because of continued safety precautions.”
While the club is “mighty” that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate the help they get every year from Palmyra High School students.
“We have high school students who have always helped vendors carry in merchandise. Then in the afternoon, they help the vendors carry out what has not been sold” Nicholson said. “These young adults give their time with smiles on their faces.
“All of the profits from the gift show are given back to the Palmyra Community,” Nicholson noted. “It was very difficult not to be able to support such worthy endeavors this past year.”
Donations in the past have been given to support the Palmyra Nutrition Center, Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Adopt-A-Child, Palmyra Food Pantry, Gardner House Museum, Marion County Library, Subdistrict #1, Parents as Teachers Playgroup and Palmyra Parks & Recreation Department, just to name a few.
In addition, funds have been used to purchase school supplies for elementary and middle school students and for high school scholarships, Nicholson added.
“We are excited to be back this year, and hope the public is too,” she said. “We hope to see everyone on Nov. 13.”