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Holiday crafts show packs crowds into Ken Baxter Community Center
MARYSVILLE — The Ken Baxter Community Center was full-up with its standard complement of 10 inside vendors and 16 outside vendors for the six-hour holiday crafts show in conjunction with this year's "Merrysville for the Holidays" in Comeford Park on Dec. 7.
"We always get great crowds," Ken Baxter Community Center Coordinator Maryke Burgess said. "Our most popular indoor vendor was probably Teria Huaracha Williams, of Huaracha Studios, who makes very creative leather goods with metal studs on them, including everything from purses to jewelry and containers. She was a big hit with the motorcycle crowd."
Burgess also touted the Enchanted Garden Art of Marysville's Lori Burkheimer as a local favorite.
"She designs these amazing wall-mounted bottle-openers, perfect for your man-cave or back deck," Burgess said. "You open your bottle, and the cap falls into a jar below. The Seahawks-themed openers did well, of course," she laughed.
Huaracha Studios can be found online at www.huarachastudios.com, while Enchanted Garden Art is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Enchanted-Garden-Art-by-Scrapwood-Studio/230147420372674. Burgess encouraged community members to call her at 360-363-8450 if they missed their opportunities to connect with any of the holiday crafts show's vendors.
"I'm very proud of the crafters, the attendees and all those involved in the Merrysville for the Holidays Electric Lights Parade for braving the cold weather," Burgess said. "It was worth it, though, because the quality of the vendors' products was terrific, and it was such a fun night."
While Burgess deemed it premature to reveal too many possible details regarding next year's holiday crafts show, she assured anyone with ideas for the city's seasonal crafts shows that she's always open to suggestions.
"We want to keep things fresh and exciting," Burgess said. "I encourage food vendors and crafters who have anything unique and different to offer to contact me. In fact, I'll have applications ready in January for our spring crafts show, coming up in April. I just appreciate all the citizens of Marysville who dedicated their time and effort to turning this past Saturday into a fantastic evening and weekend."
Burgess noted that another festive entertainment option, right in town, is the annual Holiday Tour of Lights at Cedarcrest Golf Course, located at 6810 84th St. NE in Marysville, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 6-9 p.m., through Dec. 29. Suggested donations are $3 for children, $5 for adults and $20 for families.
"The lights and amenities offered are a great way to have fun locally," Burgess said.