Area residents are encouraged to kick off their holiday shopping at the Indoor Arts & Craft Fair that will feature handcrafted items from more than 50 local and regional artisans. Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fundraiser will be held at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St., which is located next to the Cartersville Public Library. Parking and admission will be free of charge.
“This is the first year we’re [holding] it at the Cartersville Civic Center,” said Friends President Karen Barnhart, adding the fair will feature a wide range of items for sale, some of which will include quilts, jewelry, hand-painted ornaments and hair bows. “In the past, it was done at the library. We wanted to move indoors this year for two reasons — one, you’re not as weather dependent ... and really we kind of outgrew the space at the library. We had about 30 vendors last year [for our] inaugural [event] and we had lots of foot traffic. Now we’re moving everybody indoors and hopefully we’ll have even more foot traffic.
“The rental of [the artisans’] booth space, the money for that goes to the library [since] the Friends of the Library is sponsoring this. We’re kind of the fundraising nonprofit for the library. So our goal was twofold with this particular event — one, it was to raise funds for the library but secondarily, to really have an awareness of local artisans and what’s out there. So many people do arts and craft-type projects but they don’t really have an outlet to either show it or expand their businesses.”
Also on Saturday, Pet Portraits for the Holidays will be under way from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cartersville Public Library, 429 W. Main St. Appointments will need to be scheduled, along with a payment of $10 of the total cost, in advance by calling 770-382-4203. The offering will cost $29.95 and there will be a $10 sitting fee, which will benefit the Bartow County Library System.
The two fundraisers will help the Friends organization assist Bartow County Library System with needed books, media or programming, Barnhart said.
“The library is especially appreciative of the Friends of the Library board,” said Anne Henson, assistant director for the Bartow County Library System. “It’s eight dedicated, hard-working board members who give their time and their hard work to make all of these events happen. Without the board, there would be no fundraising events. This year, for instance, they presented us with a $12,000 check at the annual membership drive in October.
“... We just appreciate their support because without the terrific fundraising that they do, we would not be getting those large checks at our annual membership drive every year. [Their donations] primarily [enable the library to acquire] materials to supplement the cuts made to our materials budget. Each year, we’ve had cuts so it’s very significant to us and very important to us.”
For more information on Saturday’s benefits, visit www.bartowlibraryonline.org or call 770-382-4203.