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Shoppers flock to Arts Market

December 7, 2013
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - Holiday shoppers sang along with Christmas Carols Friday as they shopped and greeted one another at the Randolph County Community Arts Center Holiday Arts Market.

The hall was stuffed with artisans selling origami ornaments, fresh honey, jewelry, textile arts, paintings and many other hand-crafted items.

"This is a favorite annual event and provides shoppers an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts and more," Kurt Barkley, executive director of the RCCAC, said Friday. "We are pleased that folks are coming out to support this sale, even with the weather turning cold and rainy. We hope everyone who could not come in on Friday will stop by on Saturday."

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The Christmas Arts Market at the Randolph County Community Arts Center is in full swing, offering shoppers the opportunity to purchase gifts made by local artisans. Elkins residents David Parker and Connie Townsend shop for gifts during Friday’s sale. The event will continue until 5 p.m. today.

Local artist Bill McWhorter have hand-painted notecards and paintings for sale during the Christmas Arts Market. Marjory Moses is selling hand-made jewelry items and Akiko Endo is selling her origami Christmas ornaments and other crafts. Other artisans sold honey, ornaments, hand-blown glass items, soaps and textile arts.

"Things are going well today," Moses said. "We have had quite a few people in looking at and purchasing items."

A recorder quartet of local musicians performed traditional Christmas music as shoppers visited with the artisans and one another while choosing their items.

The Holiday Arts Market sale will continue today until 5 p.m.

Additional information about the weekend events is available by calling 304-637-2355.

Contact Beth Christian Broschart at 304-636-2124 ext. 114 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @ITM_Broschart.



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