Wednesday November 25, 2015 1:51 PM
Anyone looking for handmade gifts this Christmas might find potential purchases at the 18th annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show, a fundraiser hosted by the Westerville South High School Instrumental Music Boosters.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the school, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.
The Gingerbread Cottage has more than 100 vendors selling handmade items, as well as brand-name items such as Avon, Scentsy, Pampered Chef and Tupperware.
Lynn Rideout, who has coordinated the event for five years, said it has been successful because it’s a combination of supporting students in the music program and offering gift items that cannot be found in stores.
Visitors can find handmade holiday ornaments, wreaths, artwork, photography, American Girl clothes, sock monkeys, pet treats, jams and much more.
Rideout said this year, vistors will see more woodworking and glass vendors.
There will be 14 different jewelry vendors but they are all unique and different, Rideout said.
“If you’re looking for jewelry, you’ll find what you’re looking for, plus four other trinkets,” she said. “We work hard to select quality vendors who offer a variety of products.”
There will be a concession stand that will serve homemade loaded baked potato chowder, chicken tortilla soup, chili and pulled chicken sandwiches, along with macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, pizza, fruit, muffins, doughnuts and coffee.
The band students will perform Christmas music in the afternoon. There also will be a bake sale table and children’s activity table with face painting and crafts.
There will be a raffle table with items donated by vendors, such as themed baskets, gift cards to local shops and handmade quilts.
Rideout said the most popular raffle item is “Cold Hard Cash” — a $100 bill frozen in a block of ice.
The music boosters group supports more than 150 students in the concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, Westerville Indoor Drumline and the marching band at Westerville South.
“I firmly believe in the music program and what it does for students. I experienced this amazing and welcoming environment when my daughter was in band,” Rideout said. “I’ve always been impressed by how music can bring them together and how much they support each other.”
The music boosters pay for things such as music equipment, uniforms, equipment trucks, drill writers, arrangers and rights to music. The Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show raises one-third of the group’s operating budget for the year. Rideout said that is enough to reduce every student’s band fee by $100.
A full list of vendors and their categories may be found online.
Entry fee is $3 for ages 12 and older. Strollers are welcome. Parking is free.
Visitors who bring a canned good to donate to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry will save $1 on the entry fee. There is a coat check.