Check off your Christmas list at Christmas Made in the South this weekend at the Macon Coliseum

November 8, 2013 

While many are still putting away Halloween decorations and idly thinking about their Thanksgiving menus, now is the time to get a jump start on Christmas! This year’s annual Christmas Made in the South, which is the 21st such event, will make that a little bit easier. The show and sale will be held Friday-Sunday at the Macon Coliseum.

“There are hundreds of crafts-people and fine artisans at this show,” said Russ Hunt, the director of the event. “There will be something that appeals to everyone. This is a juried show, which insures the highest level of craftsmanship. The vendors will be present for all three days of the show, willing and able to show off their work.”

Hunt said stimulating creativity and showcasing handmade work are the highlights of the show.

“One of the beautiful effects of this show is that it really stimulates people’s creativity. So many people are caught up in their day to day life that they don’t stop to think about creative outlets. Children, especially, are so rarely exposed to handmade projects anymore, that this show really can open their eyes,” Hunt said. “Plus, Christmas is the time for indulging nostalgia. Children and adults alike can get lost in some of their favorite memories -- and make new ones.”

Some of the crafts on display will include “outstanding art, unique gourmet food to whet and satisfy every demanding appetite, handmade, one-of-a-kind (items) from leather and silk wearables to fabric bags, from dichroic glass jewelry to close-up photography of nature’s funniest and fiercest creatures,” Hunt said. “There really will be something there for every person on everyone’s gift list. And a few presents for yourself, too, of course.”

Some of the favorite items in the show and sale include functional and sculpted pottery, blown glass oil lamps, personalized Christmas ornaments, floral centerpieces, gemstones and glass beaded jewelry, tapestry for the holiday table, and seasonal decorations for the home and outdoors.

“Everyone attending the show will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the talented craftsmen and artists. The show goers enjoy interacting with the craftsmen, learning their techniques and the inspirations behind their work. Plus, the artisans enjoy meeting the attendees, too,” Hunt said.

Adult admission is $6 and free for children 12 and younger. One admission is good for all three days with a hand stamp and parking is free. To preview the show, get discount admission coupons, detailed directions and more information, visit www.madeinthesouthshows.com.

“We at Caroline Shows Inc. are proud to bring you arts and crafts at their finest. ... We’re proud of what we do and we hope everyone comes out to see for themselves,” Hunt said. “It’s going to be a great show and no one will want to miss this.”

Christmas Made in the South

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive

Cost: $6 at the door; children under 12 are free

Information: www.madeinthesouthshows.com

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