EC Junior Women to host 41st Mistletoe Show
By Kesha Williams
Friday, November 8, 2019
The area’s third major crafts and gifts show in as many weekends kicks off Saturday at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center in Elizabeth City.
The Elizabeth City Junior Women’s Club’s 41st annual Mistletoe Show will be held in the same venue used by the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair two weekends ago. The Camden Junior Women’s Club held its Holly Days Festival of Gifts at Camden Intermediate School last weekend.
More than 70 vendors are scheduled to attend this year’s two-day Mistletoe Show, many of them selling hand-made items by artisans and crafters that otherwise aren’t available to local shoppers.
“We have everything from wood workers, different kinds of Christmas decor, bakers, vendors who make kettle corn, items for kids, items for adults, and some everyday use items,” said Kelsey Gray, president of the Elizabeth City Junior Women’s Club.
Knobbs Creek Recreational Center is located at 200 E Ward Street. Hours for this weekend’s show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission cost for adults is $4, $2 for students ages 6-18 and senior citizens, and free for kids.
One feature of the Mistletoe Show is the variety of items for sale. Gray said the club tries to limit the number of vendors offering similar merchandise so shoppers are likely to find unique, one-of-a-kind items.
The Mistletoe Show’s direct sales vendors include Pampered Chef kitchen products, Monkey Business, Lilla Rose hair accessories and Origami Owl, a custom jewelry company.
This year’s show will have Owl Feed Ya’s food truck at the recreation center. Lunch tables will be set up for Mistletoe Show patrons inside the center.
“That makes it easy for shoppers,” Gray said. “We’d rather they stay in this area and give to small business owners, our vendors, than shop elsewhere.”
According to Gray, the Mistletoe Show is the Elizabeth City Junior Women’s Club’s biggest annual fundraiser. Funds raised from the show allow the club to support nonprofits and make grants to local schools. The funds also allow the club to offer the Sallie Southall Cotten scholarship each year.