Enjoy the Holiday Décor and More arts and crafts show in the Darby Montana Clubhouse on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Darby has a special event every weekend through Christmas including wagon rides, visits with Santa, tree lighting, a parade and Christmas light contests.
Proceeds from the Holiday Décor and More arts and crafts show benefit Social Overall Academics Recreation (SOAR), a nonprofit that supports events and activities of Darby students, but is not connected with or funded by the school. SOAR president is Jennifer Bush and co-chairs of the art and craft show are Trish Becker, president of the Bitter Root Arts Guild, and Diana Rogers.
“In 2018 and 2019 the Parent Teacher Organization had an after-school program but was absorbed into SOAR,” Rogers said. “There is no afterschool program now because there’s no place to rent. We are a separate organization from the school, but the programs that we fund are for the Darby school kids.”
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She said SOAR supports the welcome back to school event, reading program incentives, teacher appreciation, the Santa shop, children’s theatre and family nights and then considers other events and programs that would benefit the children.
The arts and crafts event on Saturday begins at 10 a.m. and will feature something for everyone with locally handcrafted finery, beautiful holiday-themed décor, handmade candies, yummy bakery items, unique gifts, personalized embroidery, makery kits and class sign-ups.
The sweets include cookies from the Mineshaft Pasty Company in Hamilton, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Donna’s famous pumpkin rolls and brownies, Classy Cowgirl and Allison Dunn’s local jams and honey.
Holiday décor includes The Bigsky Boho Girls, Bunny’s Cre8ion’s, Patty Conn’s Designs and Bitterroot River Designs.
All vendors plan to have handmade, locally made, unique and beautiful items. Vendor booths include Olive U MT, Julie’s Decorated Gift Boxes, local author S.S. Duskey has several books she will be signing, Jewelry by Kathy, Rustic & Leather Jewelry handcrafted by Debbie, Mary’s Crafts and Marsha’s Etc includes rugs, mittens and even dryer balls. Linda’s Embroidered & Crocheted Designs and Wild Turkey Acres’s original Montana Snow Dyed Silk Wild Rags.
Some vendors will be taking orders for custom items if time permits before Christmas.
“The [MaddiMo] Makery in Stevensville will be there. She’s new to the area and cuts out all kinds of things out of wood and sells them as a kit,” Rogers said. “She’s going to bring down pretty much her whole store and will have sign-ups. This is something new and different that hasn’t been going on in the valley. With things changing people are looking for something to do.”
Maddimo Makery will have finished and finish-yourself wood art, ornaments, custom apparel and a large selection of creative take and make kits. Sign up for a “Makery Get Together.”
“Sam Yeager is constantly creating something new and yes she does custom orders,” Rogers said. “Dana Stellato of Little Tin Cup Farm always has the most intriguing and unique dairy goat milk soaps and lotions, the textures, unique designs and shapes are bountiful.”
SOAR is featuring already gift-wrapped Montana Made Wood Wick Scented Candles in huckleberry, welcome home, lilac, Indian paintbrush, cinnamon vanilla and cinnamon apple.
SOAR is seeking Darby parents, grandparents and other volunteers to assist with upcoming projects.
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