Patrons praise craft fair that benefits band programs at Warren High
By Jim Newton email@example.com November 2, 2013 7:26PM
Corrine Carlson of Lindenhurst and Donna Jarvi of Zion leave the Warren High School Band Booster’s Craft Fair on Saturday with several items, including this Thanksgiving decoration. | JIM NEWTON~SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: December 5, 2013 6:17AM
The annual Warren High School Band Boosters Craft Fair always draws a big crowd, and Saturday was no exception.
The 19th edition of the craft show at the high school in Gurnee had attracted more than 850 visitors by noon, and most left with at least an item or two from the 175 craft vendors participating in the fair, which benefits the band programs at the school.
The event raises funds through vendor entry fees, raffle tickets and concessions.
“It would be lovely if we could reach $10,000 this year,” said event organizer Mary Lynn Carver of Gurnee, whose daughter Clarissa plays tuba in the Marching Band. Saturday was Carver’s second year as coordinator of the event and this is Clarissa’s senior year at Warren.
“We’re both graduating,” Carver joked, noting that a new organizer whose child is a freshman is waiting in the wings for next year.
The event was large in scope and variety. Two gymnasiums were filled with art vendors selling jewelry, paintings, home decorations, lamps and other crafts. The high school’s Jazz Ensemble provided musical entertainment in a hallway, a concession area provided the snacks and drinks and a large, square raffle table offered a glittery assortment of prizes for those willing to buy tickets.
Raffle items were donated by art vendors, crafters and local businesses.
“A lot of people have come through,” said Arlene Williams, whose daughter Lizzie is a senior who plays upright bass in Symphonic Band. “About 75 percent of the crafters donated items this year,” said Williams, who ran the raffle.
Corrine Carlson of Lindenhurst and Donna Jarvi of Zion said they enjoy browsing at the fair and have made it a fall tradition, buying decorations and a few early Christmas presents.
“We come every year,” Jarvi said.
“I like that it’s people’s crafts and handiwork,” Carlson said.
Fel Lumabas of Morton Grove and his girlfriend Shirley Melo of Chicago sold unique lamps and jewelry, with many of the artworks made from recyclables. Lumabas sold lamps he crafted using whiskey and beer bottles.
“There are not a lot of male products at craft shows. These are more appealing to guys,” he said.
Lumabas also said he was pleasantly surprised by the volume of business he and Melo were doing at the fair Saturday.
“It’s been good. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback and sales,” he said.