Methodist women prepare for annual craft faire |

Methodist women prepare for annual craft faire

by Caryn Haller

For more than 40 years, the Carson Valley United Methodist Women have been hosting an annual holiday craft faire to raise money for the community.

This year’s faire is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

“We have a lot of nice things, and the money we make helps a lot of people,” said Helen Swenson, craft chairwoman. ” This is our way of helping everybody.”

The craft faire features home-made crafts and baked goods by members of the congregation. There will be Christmas decorations, quilts, kitchen towels, dolls and more.

“We have just about everything,” Swenson said. “The women of the church work very hard to put this on.”

There will be a silent auction with prizes of stays in Arizona and North Star at Lake Tahoe, rounds of golf at Genoa Lakes and crystal glassware. There will also be raffles with spa passes, gift certificates and goody baskets. Each item will have a ticket box in front of it, so people don’t end up winning the item they don’t want. Drawings begin at 2:30 p.m.

On the Grandma’s Attic table there will be gently used items for sale as well.

If visitors get hungry while shopping, a lasagna lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Caryl Anderson’s popular pecan caramel cinnamon rolls will be available for sale as well.

The United Methodist Women give the money raised at the craft faire to community organizations such as the Family Support Council, the Carson Valley Food Closet, City of Refuge and Abbey Crossing.

“This is our biggest money-maker, and everything goes out to the community,” Swenson said.

Carson Valley United Methodist Church is located at 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.