Published November 22, 2013
MARIETTA—Thousands of enthusiastic shoppers from across Georgia will attend the 33rd Annual Apple Annie Arts & Crafts Show in east Cobb on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, to shop while raising funds for local ministries and charities. The entire St. Ann’s Church complex is turned into a holiday shopping experience with artisan booths in all classrooms, the Nolan Hall parish center and Carroll Center gym.
The event is one of the largest nonprofit juried arts and crafts shows in the Southeast, started 33 years ago by the Women’s Guild of St. Ann Church in Marietta. Over 120 juried artisans from six states and 52 cities will offer their wares, including artwork, pottery, glassware, jewelry, home accessories and holiday decorations.
The show is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. The church is located at 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Admission is $3. Children under 12 are free. No strollers are permitted.
Apple Annie helps the Women’s Guild raise money, which is donated to community outreach projects in the metro Atlanta area. Each year many local organizations benefit from the proceeds of Apple Annie, particularly those that aid women and children and food kitchens for the homeless. Hundreds of volunteers organize and work to make this event a success. The number of lives supported and touched is at the core of the Women’s Guild’s mission.
Each year a Handmade Quilt Raffle offers a quilt designed and stitched by three sisters living in three different states. A co-chair of this event, Hermie Balik, recruited two sisters who are state award-winning artisans and all three sisters contributed to making this beautiful quilt, which is displayed at the show. Each artisan also donates one of their items valued at $35 or more to a blue light raffle. Tickets for the quilt and blue light raffles are sold throughout the show with blue light winners pulled every 15 minutes and the quilt raffle winner pulled at the end of the show.
There is a “package check” room where shoppers can check purchases and the Apple Annie Café for lunch or just a relaxing break. The café offers soups home made by guild members, sandwiches, beverages and baked goods.
A free shuttle is available for overflow parking at East Cobb Church of Christ, 5240 Roswell Road, Marietta.
For information, visit www.st-ann.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-552-6400, ext. 6116.