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Hard Candy Christmas

by Doris Hunter

The Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show, set for November 29-30 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, sets the pace for the region’s Christmas Season.

The 32nd Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show is coming to Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29-30. Hours are 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day.

This show opens the mountain Christmas season with fresh mountain greenery wreaths, gingerbread ornaments and live guitar music from Ronnie Evans.

Over 100 local and regional artisans will be selling their handwork.

Betty Hall Spivey’s Father Christmas dolls will be featured at this year’s show. She’s been making Christmas characters for many years. Collectors line up to see what her newest creations will be.

“I can’t remember when I wasn’t creating something,” Betty says. “My fascination with Christmas is what inspired me to start creating dolls.”

Other categories include clay art, rustic woodcraft, master jewelers, quilts, fine art, goat milk soap and heirloom ornaments for the tree.

For more information, visit mountainArtisans.net.

Admission for adults is $5, and children under 12 are free. There’s free convenient parking, and concessions are available.

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