Rona Rich has made her vision a reality.
What began as a mediocre fundraising event for Silk & Satin, Baker High School's 22-member jazz ensemble, has evolved into a monster-size craft show, thanks to Rich's hard work. Not to mention the entire community can benefit from this one-stop shopping extravaganza, which will snake through the rooms and hallways of Baker High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.
"We have tripled in size to become a great opportunity for holiday shopping," Rich said.
The event features more than 100 crafters and vendors who will be set up in the small gym, hallways and throughout the building. There is no duplication of vendors (such as Avon) and all items featured in the cafeteria will be 100 percent handmade.
"We try to get a good mix of crafters and vendors," Rich said.
In addition to the shopping experience, Silk & Satin members will operate a concession stand offering lunch items (Hoffmann hotdogs, pulled pork sandwiches, Gino and Joe's pizza, chicken sandwiches, chili, Abbott's apples, doughnuts and more) and a bake sale of individual servings for participants to eat right at the show. The group will also provide entertainment with performances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the cafeteria.
"Where else can you get a cheap lunch, show and shopping," Rich said adding that dining tables will be available for participants.
Another bake sale will be held in the gym where shoppers can purchase whole cakes, pies and cookies, all of which are donated by Silk & Satin family members.
"It's a good way to buy your Thanksgiving pie and have it for the holidays," Rich said. "They are festive also with scarecrows and other decorations -- not just a tin container."
More to bargain for
If shopping, lunch and entertainment aren't enough, Silk & Satin will also be raffling off more than $1,800 worth of door prizes, donated by parents, businesses and crafters. Rich said an item should be raffled off every few minutes of the six-hour event. Two noteworthy raffle items are a quilt donated by Karen Abbott of Abbott's Farms (whose daughter is in Silk & Satin) and a prom ball package containing a collection of different items and gift certificates for flowers, hair styling, jewelry and more. Tickets for raffle items are $1 each or six tickets for $5.