5th Annual Holiday Market

With seven weeks to go, new and repeat vendors have already opted in for their space at the Pottsville Extension Education Club’s (PEEC) Fifth Annual Holiday Market at the Fair Park Pavilions in Hamilton on Saturday, Nov. 2, — a new date for this year.

Friends of the Library, Hamilton, will again dominate the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event with their huge book sale, including children’s, westerns, self-help, historical, science fiction, mystery, cooking, biographical books and audio books, music CDs, and DVDs at very affordable prices.

Lunch and snacks will be available during shopping for holiday treasures. Food providers thus far include the Stephenville Area Elks selling barbecue sandwiches, fries, and drinks; Hamilton County 4-H kids with packaged pecan products for snacking and gifting; and PEEC itself marketing baked goods, along with exquisite crafted items. The United Methodist Women from First UMC in Hamilton also bring home baked foods, along with an impressive array of high quality Rada Cutlery.

Two artists will market decorative gourds: Brownwood’s Stella Tinkler, and Chuck Clutter of Clutter’s Country Dream in the Pecan Wells area of Hamilton County, along with some of his paintings and crafts. Chuck’s sister-in-law from Corpus Christi, Phoebe Clutter, will present her arts and crafts and aromatherapy products. Catherine and Robert Link, both Hamilton artists, will present selections from their paintings and drawings.

Anita Adams, a popular local merchant on the courthouse square in Hamilton, will once again offer some of the latest floral and gift merchandise, clothing and accessories, and Tara Tomlinson of Hell Bent Stitcheries in Austin, will sell her knitted items, housewares, and bath articles. From Comanche, Cindy Slone will wow the senses with Scentsy Candles and their paraphernalia.

All proceeds received by PEEC for this event are used to support scholarships to deserving youth, as well as an opportunity scholarship presented to a person seeking further training. Beyond the Holiday Market, we also make donations to other non-profits, and recognize achievement. Interested persons can contact me at (254) 386-5259 (home) or on my cell at (254) 855-4288, or online at kwaggener@htcomp.net for further information or to request an application form for the 10’ x 10’ $30 booth spaces and times reserved for set-up.

PEEC is a member of the Hamilton Extension Education Association Council and the Texas Extension Education Association. As such, it adheres to the principles of strengthening, developing, coordinating, and extending adult education to improve quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.