Forty-four years ago, two Ellen Oaks residents, Marilyn Greenawalt and Nancy Wulf, decided to have a Christmas open house craft show in their home in Genoa. The show was a success, and grew until it had to be moved to the Masonic Temple in Genoa.
Greenawalt is still involved; she moved on from oil painting to painting clothing, and now paints slabs of wood.
The show opened up to many more crafters as the years went by. Years ago, the group chose Safe Passage as a charity; every crafter who participates in the show agrees to donate a percentage of proceeds to the domestic violence shelter.
The 44th year will be another show of new items, cheerful crafters and free cider, coffee and cookies. This year’s show will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be country, wood, antiques, primitives, ornaments, sewn items, jewelry, pottery and an assortment of other unique items.
The craft show’s oldest crafter, Marge Yurs, just turned 95, and she will have a table of her handcrafted items. New crafters can usually be added, but the standards are high, and each vendor’s work is juried by several members before they join.