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It's a Connellsville Christmas features gifts, foods and fun

| Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 7:21 p.m.
Thirty-One will be one of many gift items for sale at It’s A Connellsville Christmas this weekend. Multiple sellers will be at the Christmas Shoppe at Connellsville Area Community Center, the Christmas Market at Carnegie Free Library and at ArtWorks more than 80 artisans are featured. From left are Kaylie Daniels, Trista Crise and Lindsay Daniels, a Thirty-One sales consultant who will be at the library on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Nancy Henry | For the Daily Courier

You can find many Christmas gift ideas during this weekend's It's a Connellsville Christmas.

Tarah DeWitt held a Christmas shopping event in 2011 at LocalMotion and had positive response from vendors and shoppers. This year, she decided to move it to the Connellsville Community Center as part of It's A Connellsville Christmas in an effort to bring more people to the center, where efforts are ongoing to keep the building visible and busy.

DeWitt has named the grouping of vendors the Christmas Shoppe. The participants will line the hallways of the community center on the first and second floors, using as much space as needed.

“This is one way to bring people to the historic building,” DeWitt said. “Last year we had hundreds of shoppers, and we expect even more this time. The location is handicapped accessible and will have lots of holiday lights, decorated trees and other events going on. It will be a terrific opportunity for shoppers to get into the spirit of the holiday.”

Setting up will be representatives of Scentsy, Bull of the Woods, Tastefully Simple, Celebrating Home, Initials Inc., It Works, Country Gourmet Home, Jamberry Nails, Silpada, Pampered Chef, Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Thirty-One Gifts and Mandy Lyn Jewelry. Other vendors will offer homemade items such as candles, crafts, wreaths, ornaments, quilts, dip mixes, scarves, tutus hair accessories and sweets.

“This is an opportunity to get some shopping done as well as support local consultants and crafters in the community,” DeWitt noted.

Vendor spaces are still available at $20 a table by calling 724-366-6974. The hours for the Christmas Shoppe are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, with the possibility that a few sellers will be there for the festivities on Friday night.

“We had an amazing turnout at our vendor event in the LocalMotion studio last year and are expecting an even greater response to our event this year,” DeWitt said. Some participants will offer event specials. There is no admission charged at the Christmas Shoppe.

The FRIENDS of the Library have asked area groups to set up in the Carnegie Free Library as a part of It's A Connellsville Christmas. The FRIENDS will be selling cookie jar mixes in the library auditorium. Members decided to invite others because there is extra room there. The FRIENDS cookie jar mixes are layered ingredients that can be mixed into batches of either Andy's Cranberry Cookies or Death By Chocolate. Cost is $10.

Those set up to sell goods and goodies at the FRIENDS event are Trinity Lutheran Church, baked goods; Misty Fuller, Avon; Gilbert Kumor, crafts; Angie Siecinski, baked goods; Linda Shearer and the CAHS Patriots; Andrea Doppelheuer, Otterbein Youth Group; Jackie Sprow, painted ceramics; Rodney Walker, wooden items and quilting; Lindsay Daniel, Thirty-One Gifts; Lisa Malago, scrapbooking; Frederick Kraft, baked goods; Tita Clark, bracelets; Maryanne Felger, jewelry; Jennifer Furajter, nut and apricot rolls; Renee Swope, handmade purses and baked goods; Cathy Brady, Christmas items; Alberta Herbert, Sassy Accessories, children's accessories; Spa Face, spa products; Dunbar Township Elementary School Student Council, Chinese auction baskets and crafts; West Side Jewelry, affordable jewelry.

The Christmas Market is sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Library. The FRIENDS will serve a complimentary beverage to those attending the fair, said Cathy Kumor, group secretary.

There is no admission charge. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. An elevator provides access to the second floor.

”Please support the library and shop for Christmas at the same time. The library needs your help.” said Sheryl Craven, FRIENDS president.

ArtWorks Connellsville Gallery features the original creations of more than 80 local artists. Available are jewelry, scarves, paintings, candles, pottery and decor. Jackie Lynn's Photography will be taking children's photos with Santa at no charge from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Jackie Gregg, owner, has donated her time and photo CDs each year during It's a Connellsville Christmas.

Frosty the Snowman is also planning a visit to Artworks.

Children can decorate their own ornament at no charge during this time. Two sizes of Oglevee poinsettias will be sold to benefit Downtown Connellsville projects. For more information, visit

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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