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Featured Artist at Bethel Presbyterian Church’s “Old Fashion Christmas Bazaar”

As you prepare for Christmas many of us strive to find that unique, special gift that will let people know how special they are. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 9th to attend an Old Fashion Christmas Bazaar to be held at Bethel Presbyterian Church located at 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius, NC from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm.

At the Old Fashion Christmas Bazaar, we will feature several special artist that have a passion for their craft, as well as a desire to support the Children’s Hope Alliance

Let’s meet one of those artists, Nanette Bennett.

Nanette has always had a special place in her heart for homeless children and those not being cared for by their parents or other adults. 

During her time as a ballet teacher, she produced an annual Christmas show to benefit area children in need.  When she transitioned into the public schools, Nanette witnessed many unpleasant circumstances; children kicked out of their homes, children left for days without supervision, abandoned, or given up to the state.  This weighed heavy on her heart, and she wanted them to know someone cared.  She often delivered care and gift packages or had them sent with the children.  The recipients never knew where care packages came from and that’s the way Nanette wanted it to remain. 

Nanette wanted to continue her mission when she retired.  Her hobby of pottery had grown, and she wanted to combine mission for children in need, with her pottery.

She reached out to The Children’s Hope Alliance, known formally as Barium Springs Orphanage to donate yearly Christmas sales of her pottery to continue her mission for children.  For 6 years she has given 100% of her pottery sales to The Children’s Hope Alliance giving thousands of dollars to their programs. 

In the past, Bethel Presbyterian Church held an annual BBQ with thousands of dollars going to the Children’s Hope Alliance. After Bethel made the hard decision to discontinue the BBQ, Nanette sprang into action. She started selling her pottery at church and donated all her proceeds to support the children. Olen Persons, a Bethel member and wood turner, soon joined the program.

We extend an open invitation to come support the various shopping opportunities. In addition to Nanette’s and Olen’s products you will find baked goods, exquisite crafts, cozy quilts, hand-sewn kitchen crafts, unique personalized gifts, exquisite jewelry, captivating paintings and so much more.

Let’s take a look at Nanette at work.

Other vendors at this year’s bazaar include:

Al Alexander – Stained glass angels

Linda Alexander – Cards

Gloria Guyson – American Girl doll clothes

Katie Isaacs (LKI Art) -water color art

Jane Oglesby (Fun with ceramics and Jane) -household ceramics

Herb Poole (A Poole of Pictures) -right to photos for printing

Kristen Helms (ColorStreet Stylist) -nail colors

Rebecca Stevens -Book and signing

Heather (Erika’s Classy Crystals) – stones

Mike Crump (Paws to remember) – garden stepping stones

Emily Nelson (Hullaballoo Hats and Accessories) – Fascinator hats

Denise Thompson (Chivalry Candles) -candles

Kelly Hunsucker (Especially 4 you) -jewelry

Tara Steger (Cross my heart creations) -specialty

There will be many quilts to choose from at the bazaar.

Here are some samples of Nanette’s work

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