Fall Into Winter Craft Show
Madison group prepares
for third annual craft show
The show is presented by the local Phi Beta Psi sorority
(October 2016) – Diane Olson of Greenwood, Ind., was an avid quilter when she was first introduced to machine embroidery (the process where a sewing or embroidery machine is used to sew intricate patterns on a variety of materials). She and her friends quickly learned that there were countless projects that could be done and soon realized they may have gotten out of control.
“Suddenly, we had all of these fun items and basically didn’t know what to do with them,” Olson said. With this realization, her business, “Sew Pretties,” was launched, selling purses, cosmetic bags, I-phone cases, hooded towels and much more.
Olson will be one of the exhibitors lining Broadway Street (in front of the Livery Stable) at the third annual Fall Into Winter Craft Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in Madison, Ind. The show is sponsored by the local chapter of Phi Beta Psi Sorority.
Photo courtesy of Diane Olson
Diane Olson of Greenwood, Ind., sells items she has made by sewing. She plans to be at the Fall Into Winter Craft Show.
Phi Beta Psi is a national organization focused on charitable work. Founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1904, the organization has grown to include chapters in all 50 states, with some states having multiple chapters.
Exhibitors currently include jewelry, soaps and lotions, flower arrangers, metal sculpting, wood working, glassware and pottery. Hoping to expand to 50 exhibitors, Disbro-Hysell noted that booth space is still available by calling her at (812) 701-0594 or her co-chair Weber at (812) 498-8350. The $50 entry fee provides a 10x10-foot booth space.
Local chapters identify the healthcare charitable cause within their community that they choose to support in addition to the national charity focus.
On the national level, Phi Beta Psi has selected Cancer Research as its charitable focus. Annually, the national board of directors, guided by a physician’s advisory board, awards grants to support cancer related research. This year, more than $336,000 was awarded to six researchers.
Fall Into Winter Craft Show is one of three fundraisers sponsored by the local chapter to support the national program as well as local philanthropic goals. Other events include a bingo night and the spring flower sale.
“As part of giving back to our community, each year we award three scholarships to local high school graduates who plan to enter the medical profession,” explained Barbara Disbro-Hysell, co-organizer of the craft show along with Gina Weber.
As part of their philanthropic focus, local members of Phi Beta Psi work with the oncology department at King’s Daughters’ Health. Throughout the year, they provide gift cards, flowers and gift bags for patients and their families.
Disbro-Hysell related a story about an exhibitor at last year’s craft show who was so impressed with the event and the charitable work being done by the organization that she has since become a Phi Beta Psi member.
In its third year, the craft show continues to grow, drawing exhibitors from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. According to Olson, she likes participating in the Fall Into Winter Craft Show because of the great location, the quality of the vendors and the busy foot traffic.
In its first year, the show was held at the Venture Out Business Center on the Madison hilltop. To increase visibility for the event, Disbro-Hysell met with Madison Area Chamber of Commerce officials to discuss the possibility of moving the event downtown on the same Saturday as the Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew Festival, a chamber event. She met
“They were extremely helpful and open to the idea,” Disbro-Hysell said. She said she believes both events have benefited by sharing the date and the streets of downtown Madison.
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