Arts, Craft Show Just In Time For Holiday Shopping

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The arts and craft show and barbecue at the Payson Masonic Hall this weekend is the biggest they have ever organized.

"We've never opened up show booths to the public before. We have 66 booths so far and vendors coming from across the state," event chair Nancy Bradley said.

The crocheted, knitted and stitched crafts that have been the foundation of the show will still be available for people to purchase.

The show has expanded to include fine arts, photography, home décor, jewelry, woodcrafts and a fashion boutique.

Bradley uses bark from the cottonwood tree that grew in front of the Pieper Mansion (before it was torn down) to make wall hangings.

Margaret Easley, of California, will bring women's and junior's clothing and accessories with her Red Head Boutique.

"I will have great clothes for travel and cruises because the fabric is no-wrinkle," Easley said.

Her fashions range from everyday wear to dressed up for a night on the town. Sizes range from small to 2X, and prices are from $15 to $115.

Easley shops designers Jo Star, Amanda and U S Wear in Los Angeles' garment district for her traveling boutique.

She will also have designer inspired purses, beaded scarves and ponchos.

The show's sponsors, the women of the Order of the Eastern Star aim not to let patrons go hungry at the two-day show.

Dried fruits and nuts, kettlekorn, funnel cakes, olives and a homemade baked goodies will all be for sale.

Barbecued half-chickens are on the lunch menu for $6, cooked by the Masons.

Children can sit to have their faces painted or pick up a brush and paint their own pumpkins.

Bradley said the Eastern Star has no specific plans for show proceeds from booth rentals, but, throughout the year, Eastern Star supports organizations such as the Time Out Shelter and the Mason's annual Clothe the Children program.

The arts and craft show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21.

The Masonic hall is located at 200 East Rancho Rd., Payson.

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