Holiday Craft Boutique enters 35th year

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By Maria Cook

The Lawrence Central Performing Arts Association will host its annual Holiday Craft Boutique at Lawrence Central High School this month, marking the event’s 35th year. The boutique will be Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lawrence Central High School. Admission is $3 per person.

All proceeds from ticket sales, booth fees and concession stand sales benefit the Lawrence Central Performing Arts Dept.

“It’s supporting the kids whose parents can’t quite come up with their performing arts fees and it helps support the salary of the Performing Arts Secretary,” Event Coordinator Dorsey Reinke said.

Boutique vendors will offer goods ranging from traditional holiday items, such as ornaments and wreaths, to clothing and even food.

“It’s 100 percent handcrafted items. You don’t have commercial businesses in there, and the people that made them are the people that man their booths,” Reinke said.  “We have clothing, bedding, pet toys, pet bedding, pet food. We have a couple different vendors who are selling food items, and the Performing Arts Dept. has our concession stand open, too. We do Otis Spunkmeyer cookies — that’s a big seller.”

Reinke said the event is family focused, with vendor booths specifically placed in wide hallways to accommodate large groups and strollers.

“The atmosphere is very Christmas-y,” Reinke said. “We have Performing Arts students who wander the halls and sing Christmas carols. A lot of the vendors will dress up in Christmas attire. We also have Christmas music playing in certain parts of the school as you go through.”

Reinke, who has helped organize the boutique for nearly two decades, said the proceeds make a real difference.

“I’ve done it for around 20 years, and I just do it because I believe in it,” Reinke said. “I believe it’s such a good program for these kids.”

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