MONMOUTH – A Christmas crafts and antiques sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 13 and 20, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 14 and 21, at Cumston Hall. There will be 25 local artisans and businessmen and women participating in the annual “Hall-iday” sale, which will benefit the Cumston Public Library Association.

A group effort in early November began transforming the areas into a holiday fairyland with garlands, boughs, ribbons and bows.

Attendees can expect to find antiques and collectibles on sale as well as larger pieces of antique furniture. There will be wall hangings, candles, soaps, scarves, pins, wood items, ornaments, stuffed animals, pillows, cards, writing paper, potpourri, jams, jellies, jewelry, baskets, quilts, metal sculpture, gems, fabric and embroidered items – all crafted by area residents.

An area will be set aside for sit-down eating. Light lunches, desserts, candy and breads will be for sale. Fish chowder and chili will be on sale every day. Daily door prize drawings will occur. A raffle table of handmade items will be available, two tickets for $1. New this year will be a white elephant table of new or nearly new items and 50/50 drawings hourly on Sundays.

“We have held this event for three years in different parts of Cumston Hall,” said Nancy Ludewig, event coordinator. “This year will be no different. Shopping can be done on two floors: the restored reception room and the completed lower level of the library. Elevators and plenty of bathrooms are available. We hope people will shop, stay for lunch and shop some more!”

Ludewig said, “Decorating and placing items will be a challenge and helping with the flow of traffic will be a major goal as the library association members and artisans volunteer their services. The sale has been very successful, for artisans, our library, our town and neighboring areas. Products are of the highest quality and we all are very excited about participating, helping the library, and having a chance to sell what we make, locally.”


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