House of Santa Mouse fundraiser offers arts, crafts

The Blount County Public Library will resemble a Christmas market when the fourth annual House of Santa Mouse welcomes shoppers Dec. 4-6.

The Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild sponsors the event which will bring 48 guild members and vendors to the front portion of the library. “We are taking over an entire wing of the Blount County library. The way we have it set up is like a shopping mall,” guild board member Cassandra Chavez said. “Somebody will go through with a basket, pick what they want and pay at a cashier as opposed to paying individual vendor. All work being sold is by members of the guild.”

Chavez said the show is for guild members only. “It gives them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” she said. “We have a variety. Everything is handcrafted, nothing that is sold is brought in from China.”

Chavez said every year the guild has expanded the event and included more and more members. “This year we have filled up both meeting rooms, the board room and an entire side of the Blount County Public Library. Admission is free and cashiers will be accepting credit cards.”

Chavez said guild participants look forward to this every year. “Every year the show brings together all the members and everybody plays a role, even if they just work a few hours. They participate in advertising and they set up and tear down. It gives them the opportunity to work with other members,” she said.

Guild member Brenda Fox has donated a piece of stained glass a 1.5 foot wide by 4 feet high and will be raffled off this year. “Proceeds are going to offset the cost of the show for the guild. We try and do the show the first week in December so it is a kickoff of the holiday season,” Chavez said.

Chavez said the guild has grown to include about 80 members. The event runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 4; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

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