The Owen Middle School will hold its Holiday Craft Fair at 730 Old US 70, in Swannanoa, NC on December 10th, 2016 from 10am - 4pm.
The Owen Craft Fair holds a special place in Melissa Duarte and daughter Sarah
Grace’s holiday calendar. Each year, they purchase a felted decorative item,
handmade by Owen Middle School students.
“We love to support the artisans and the school, and it is such a friendly
community event,” Melissa said. Like many in the Valley, they would not miss
the annual event.
On Dec. 10, close to 50 vendors will fill the school gym with their creations.
At one vendor table, guests will find the wire and beaded earrings made by
third-year crafts fair participant Elizabeth Walton of Red Ren Jewelry. Walton
is a mere 13 years old, but she is succeeding as a teen entrepreneur, having
recently added new items to her line, thanks to a home-school entrepreneurship
class. She likes the craft fair because of how friendly people there are.
Terry Hall, an area author and longtime Asheville City Schools teacher,
principal and supervisor, hopes to have a productive day at his vendor table.
Two of his books will available for purchase and signing. “A Matter of
Conscience” is a true love story about his great-great-grandfather who fought
in the border wars of the 1850s. “Notes from the Chalkboard” is a collection of
interviews from teachers, principals and superintendents all over Western North
Carolina, relating the most funny things that happened in their teaching
Now in its 12th year, the annual Owen Holiday Craft Fair features arts and
crafts handmade by professional artisans, likely including pottery, blown
glass, doll outfits, toys, jewelry and wearable art, carved wooden items and
home decorative items. For children, the fair has a holiday activity room,
hosted by the school’s Builder’s Club, which is sponsored by local Kiwanis
Club. Provided at no charge, the room offers holiday games and crafts (possibly
even a visit from Santa himself).
The craft fair money helps with purchases that dwindling local funds haven’t
provided for. Proceeds in the past have allowed eighth-grade language arts
teacher Jarret Kaufman to purchase a set of “The Hobbit,” as well as a movie.
The materials are now part of the class curriculum. Money from the craft fair
is also used for teacher-directed projects.
For Jen Kiecker, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math, funds last year
secured an important MobyMax program. The online program is a standards
assessment that determines whether specific standards are being reached by
students. It also helps staff track student progress during the year.
OMS teacher Teresa Cowen had the idea for the craft fair 12 years ago. Since
her husband was an artisan, she wanted to showcase the work of area artists in
a way that would also raise money for Owen Middle.
The event has become a Valley holiday tradition for many, known of its
convivial atmosphere. In a unique way, the event also brings the school
community together - staff, students and parents - who all help in various
Phone: (828) 686-7739