Published October 20, 2005
The Holiday Traditions Arts and Crafts Show, held annually at the Marist School on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, is especially celebratory this year as the event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. marks the show’s 25th anniversary.
A juried craft show that is an annual fall attraction, Holiday Traditions is still a homegrown show after 25 years, relying on hundreds of Marist parent and student volunteers to make the event a success. While parents are no longer responsible for making the crafts, they ensure that the event is a success and fun for both the shoppers and the over 230 vendors who contribute their talents. Parents and faculty make baked goods, including cakes, pies and cookies, for the bake sale, donate items, drive the shuttle buses, help vendors load and unload and cook and serve food at the Cooked Goose Eatery, which features homemade corn chowder, poppyseed bread and special sandwiches.
Along with the tradition of the school community, Holiday Traditions has a number of talented artists who have been a mainstay of the event for many years, including Rusty Redfern of Stone Mountain, a disabled pen-and-ink artist who draws with his feet.
Terri Wortham, vendor chairperson, has also sought out new vendors and almost half of the show will be made up of new booths. A sample of new and returning vendors can be viewed at the school’s Web site, www.marist.com.
Also in keeping with the intent of the Marist School community, community outreach has been incorporated into the event. Various assisted living communities close to the school have been invited to participate.
“It is a way to get some holiday shopping done in an easily accessible environment. Some of the communities plan on making it a special outing, including a visit to the café for lunch before the van takes them home,” said Tee Barnes, publicity chairperson.
The event pays special tribute to the 25 years that the fundraiser has been in existence at Marist and to the fortitude of the innumerable people in the school community who have assisted over the years in keeping Holiday Traditions the fun, annual event so many in Atlanta look forward to attending. Event co-chairs are Linda Clark and Anne Maloney.
Parking is free and there is free shuttle service from the Ashford Green office park on Ashford-Dunwoody Road to the main entrance of the show at 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, one mile inside I-285. Admission is $2. Further information and directions can be found at www.Marist.com.