Wednesday, November 20 2019 by Trina Barnes
Imagine a “Sensational Saturday” morning at Heritage United Methodist Church. The parking lot is covered with brightly colored artisan tents. Those tents are filled with vendors and people who love to make and sell their arts and crafts. The kitchen is bustling with activity, making and serving delicious food. Our many terrific volunteers are easily seen throughout the campus, helping people find whatever they need. And over it all, the smell of chili fills the air. Hundreds of people are walking around admiring the creativity on display, and snapping up these wonderful items; for loved ones as Christmas presents, or for themselves. Some buy two, one for the gift and one to keep. Well, you don’t have to imagine it. This was the scene this past Saturday as Heritage United Methodist Church celebrated its 32 nd Annual Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival.
To prepare for this festival, which continues to grow each year, our tireless, faithful volunteers really outdid themselves; shopping for the delicious food, making contact with the vendors, coordinating the dozens of volunteers to create not just an event, but a wonderful experience for all. Putting out signs, and marketing the event are just a few of the assignments necessary to make this yearly event such a success. She would not toot her own horn, but Karen Hackett is a professional at marking the parking lot and directing traffic. And, a huge shout out to our Heritage Women’s Ministry for making this day such a huge success.
Why did the smell of chili fill the air? Last year we added the Heritage Chili Cookoff Competition! It has been a lot of fun and definitely added some serious “spice” to the day. Every year it gets bigger and better. Do you have a fantastic chili recipe? Are you ready to put your chili where our mouths are and compete? Keep following this blog for information on next years’ contest.
So, why do we do this? The money we raise at the Heritage Arts and Craft Festival goes towards promoting and hosting the Women’s programs of our church. So many people look forward to this every year – we see people from our church, our neighborhood and our community come out to sell their crafts, do some craft shopping, perhaps to begin their Christmas gift shopping or to meet up with old friends, and to make new ones. What a great day of fun, of sharing, of fellowship, and for raising money for the women of Heritage.
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