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Over 30 vendors to be showcased in Artisan's Fair & Christmas in July

Last Modified: Friday, July 11, 2014 1:10 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

Get ready to trade beach balls and swimsuits for jingle bells and reindeer sweaters for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ Christmas in July artisan’s fair, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church hall, located at 2700 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur.

“This is our fourth annual Christmas in July event,” said Deborah Russell, coordinator for Christmas in July. “We have 30 to 35 vendors, and we have hand crafts as well as extras such as Miche purses. This year, we have Tupperware and Pampered Chef.”

Works by a variety of local artists will be for sale, including jewelry, crosses, pottery, birdhouses, Christmas ornaments and children’s books.

“We have all kinds of jewelry and pottery. Local artist Anita Ahrens will have her pottery and Mark John will have his photography.

“Albion Norman will be there, spinning yarn. She gets the wool directly from the farmer, she spins it, and weaves it into products, which are just gorgeous,” Russell said.

Local artist Doug Smith will be donating prints for sale to benefit the CDA kid, Chloe Guillory, a 9-year old-quadriplegic.

The funds will assist her with travel to and from Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, which she visits regularly.

Other organizations receiving benefits include the seminarian fund, Relay for Life, and Threads of Love.

Food available at the event will be supplied by the Catholic Daughters.

Friday’s meal will be pulled pork sandwiches, and red beans and rice on Saturday. The lunches will cost $5. A bake sale will also be held at the event, as well as vendors selling their own jams and jellies.

“This is what the Catholic Daughters are all about,” Russell said when asked about giving back to the community.

“None of us gets any money; it all goes out to charity. We’re all about community service.”

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