Craft show can delight artistically challenged


Being what I would consider a "non-artsy" person, I am always amazed at those who can create wonderful crafts from wood, flowers and various other materials.

One such creative person is Finksburg resident Bonnie McAvoy. Her interest in flowers and arranging turned a fun hobby into a blossoming career.

Ms. McAvoy, who has been at her craft for almost 10 years, will participate in the Cranberry Mall's Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show Thursday through Sunday.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all days except Sunday, when crafts will be exhibited and available for purchase from noon to 5 p.m.

During the four-day show, Bonnie and more than 25 other artisans will be on hand to exhibit and sell their crafts to the public.

"This is probably the fourth year that I have participated in this craft show," said Bonnie, who sets up shop at 12 local shows a year. "I didn't come the first year, but I have been here ever since. It's a good show because you are there for four days and you don't have to worry about the weather. The mall draws a lot of people, which makes it good for us and good for the mall."

Bonnie specializes in the use of dried and silk flowers to make seasonal arrangements as well as wreaths and swags and other kinds of wall decorations.

"I really enjoy working with flowers and arranging them. It's just something that I like to do," Bonnie said.

In addition to Bonnie's dried and silk flower arrangements, numerous other crafts will be on display at the Cranberry Mall show.

Kathi McAvoy, marketing director for Cranberry Mall (no relation to Bonnie McAvoy), said that a diverse selection of crafts will add another dimension for visiting shoppers this weekend.

"Dolls, handmade jewelry, wooden furniture, ceramics, clothing and all types of country crafts will be on display," said Kathi McAvoy. "This show has a lot of holiday crafts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. People can come to the mall and get a start on their holiday shopping."

Kathi McAvoy said the mall hosts a spring show as well, but the fall craft show has proved to be a real crowd pleaser.

"We have estimated that this fall show brings an additional 5,000 people to the mall," Ms. McAvoy said. "People have been calling us and asking us when the show will take place. This show gives us a lot more traffic, and our goal is to get the shoppers out and into our merchants."

For more information on the show, call Kathi McAvoy at 876-8870.


Looking for fun and games this weekend? Then look no farther then Sandymount United Methodist Church in Finksburg.

Rain or shine, the church will hold its first Family Fall Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its location on 2101 Old Westminster Pike.

Fun is the order of the day, with games, food concessions, bake table and a prize auction to be enjoyed by all.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the church.


Take a break and get out of the kitchen this weekend.

There are lots of good eats being served up at two Central Carroll locations on Saturday.

The Baust Church parish hall on Old Taneytown Road north of Westminster is the place to be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday if you have an insatiable appetite.

The all-you-can-eat dinner will feature fried chicken, ham, slaw, baked potatoes, green beans, applesauce, rolls and dessert.

The price is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12.

There will be a bake table and carryout orders are available.

Proceeds will benefit the Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ.

Information: 857-0416.


Maybe you prefer oysters with your ham.

No problem -- just make a trip to Zion United Methodist Church on 2716 Old Washington Road in Westminster for their Annual Oyster and Ham Supper.

Dinners will be served from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for those 5 and under.

A bake table will be available.

Information: 849-9080.

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