Holiday Magic Boutique displays local crafting talent

Lori Roberts, Trina Pollard and Katie Lindsay had a great time shopping at the Holiday Magic Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 5. The ladies bought gifts from The Crafty Attic. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

There certainly is a plethora of talent in Kemmerer based on the displays at the fifth annual Holiday Magic Boutique held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Lincoln County Event Center. Holiday music put attendees in a festive mood as vendors kept busy throughout the day with a steady stream of visitors. Hourly door prizes, tasty baked goods and a wide variety of holiday shopping kept the excitement going all day.

The event is organized by a group of local residents who wanted to establish a way for local artists and crafters to showcase their work. Five years ago Sharri Parks, Jennifer Krall, McKenzee Ellis and Anna Ellis formed a committee and got to work.

“We wanted to create an event where people in our community had somewhere to shop from local vendors,” said Sharri Parks, committee member. “We strive to keep our vendors local to Kemmerer and surrounding areas.”

Jen Benson browses Lisa Jackson's Willow Wood Road jewelry at the Holiday Magic Boutique at the South Lincoln Training and Events Center in Kemmerer on Saturday, Nov. 4. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

A large selection of jewelry included exquisite stone work from Kemmerer’s Lisa Jackson of Shoppers were captivated by her upscale selections made from locally sourced materials. Mountain View’s Geri Nelson had a phenomenal collection of unique jewelry and home decorations with a vintage steampunk theme.

Holly Sudonick of Diamondville displayed her Crafty Attic items, including creative crafts and detailed wreaths.

“It was a great success,” Sudonick said. “I didn’t have to carry much home (after the event).”

Lyman’s Debbie Harward brought her line of rustic wooden home décor by Holly Bee and Co. Harward makes her items from repurposed wood and stains she makes at home.

Debbie Harward from Lyman proudly sold her Holly Bee & Co. handcrafted wooden home decor items at the Holiday Magic Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Events Center. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

The event was once held at the Kemmerer Senior center, but its success necessitated an expansion.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have received a grant to help with our rental fee,” Parks said.

This year’s excellent booth turnout allowed the committee to make a donation to Turning Point, a local non-profit organization providing services to victims of domestic abuse.

Parks said  the event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community, and they look forward to hosting the event again next year.