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Submitted by McCreary County Museum
In January 2020, a group of local historians and invested individuals met to form an Advisory Committee in support of the McCreary County Museum. One of the first goals of the committee was to develop a Mission Statement reflective of the committee’s goals and purpose. One of the goals included in the Mission Statement was to sponsor community events and activities in support of local artists. With that in mind, a business plan was drafted wherein handcrafted items would be sold on a consignment basis with a percentage dedicated to the McCreary County Museum. The business plan was approved by the McCreary County Heritage Foundation and the Call to Artists sent to local artisans was well received.
The Artisan Shop, located in the Big South Fork Scenic Railway Depot in Stearns, opened in March 2020 and sales continue to increase each month. The shop is managed and operated by volunteers, including many artisans with crafts in the shop, and follows the schedule of the Big South Fork Scenic Railway.
The Christmas season is upon us and many of you may be stressed about purchasing gifts for friends and family. Flyers from large corporate stores arrive in our mailboxes weekly with tempting items made in other countries with little or no personal meaning. On behalf of the artisans and volunteers who dedicate hours each week to The Artisan Shop, I encourage you to consider purchasing your gifts locally. A unique gift made with love by one or several of over fifty local artisans is certain to be appreciated. Many of our gifts are destined to become family heirlooms.
December Hours of Operation – The Artisan Shop
Sunday – December 3, 10, and 17 – 1:00pm-9:00pm
Monday – December 18 – 4:00-10:00pm
Tuesday – December 19 – 4:00-10:00pm
Wednesday – December 13 and 20 – 4:00-10:00pm
Thursday – December 19 – 4:00-10:00
Friday – December 8, 15, and 22 – 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday – December 9, 16 and 23 – 11:30am-10:00pm
The Artisan Shop, along with Pottery by Mehg and This is Us Home Decor, features unique gifts for the entire family. All three businesses are in downtown Stearns. Locally crafted gifts available in The Artisan Shop include baskets crafted by Pat Jones and Bereda Weddle; ornaments crafted by over fifteen artisans; crochet angels and snowflakes by Brenda Stulz; sweet treats by Love and Chocolate and Hubbard’s Huevos; doll clothes by Kim King; crochet hats, baby dresses, and more by Brenda Stulz; jewelry by Beth Kilburn, Macy Daugherty, Sherry Ross, Bob Stulz, Myra Tucker, Beckie Waters, Gail Wilson; Sheena King; Cort Designs, Tara Chaney, Becky Shepherd, and more; books by Charles Dan Worley, Barbara Duncan, Starlin Perry, Donna Broughton, and others; paintings by Tonya Coffey, Frances Ball, Rhonda Wilford, Barbara Duncan, Stan West, R.L. Stearns, Nadene Heth, Shannon Jeffers, Shirley Morgon, Kathy May, Ashton Thompson, and Trish King; patriotic signs and flags by Sharon Baird and Christie Salmons; photography by Larry Coffey, Lana Williams, Barbara Duncan, Nichole Newport, and Kimberly Harris; soaps and scrubs by Brittany Branscum, Shannon Jeffers, and Danielle Black; stained glass by Sherry Shafer and Darcy Marohn; candles and waxes by Jennifer Trammell and Alison Heath; wood crafts by Eddie Ball, Karen Trammell, Stan Marohn, Cynthia Meadows, Don McClurg, Rick Hill, Tina Cordell, Bob Burris, Danny Clark, and Chad Starrett; cards by Marilyn Casada; pottery by Rhonda Wilford; textiles and embroidered items by Terrie Haley, Beth Kilburn, Brenda Stulz, Grace Anderson, Ashton Thompson, and Becky Shepherd; knitted scarves and hats by Heather King; wreaths by Beth Kilburn, Gale Burris, Jennifer Trammell, Linda Ball, and Beverly McKnight; Kentucky Coal Crafters coal figurines; origami flowers by Sarah McKnight; chainsaw art by J and K Kreations; faux desserts by Gwen Keith; stick horses by Dawn Strunk; corn shuck dolls and flowers by Debra Redden; and cups, magnets, ornaments, and more by Staci Foster and Love and Chocolate.
For over twenty-five years, handmade snowflakes and bells crocheted by my mother, Glenna E. Martin Kidd, have been prominently placed on my Christmas tree. My husband, Kenny Trammell, remembers with love the potato candy and knitted toboggan his Grandmother Trammell made and sent to him overseas while he was serving in the US Air Force. I also have a ring my father, Elvis Dean Kidd, made for me from a dime. This ring means the world to me since he made it while he was serving in the US Air Force and money was tight.
I am confident some of you have memories of extraordinary gifts as well. We look forward to seeing you in downtown Stearns this holiday season as you ride The Polar Express to the North Pole, eat at the Whistle Stop restaurant, and visit Pottery by Mehg, This is Us Home Décor, and The Artisan Shop, located in the Big South Fork Scenic Railway Depot. Let us help you create lasting memories for those you love.
For more information contact Debbie Kidd-Trammell at firstname.lastname@example.org.