Friends to host Walters Craft Show

Published 8:02 am Friday, November 5, 2010

Shirley Billups and friends are preparing for the fourth annual Walters Craft Show. Christmas in our Hometown will be held 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Walters Ruritan Building.

“It’s just a bunch of us girls in the area,” said Shirley, who does chair caning and sells a hodge-podge of things. “There weren’t many craft shows in the area (when we got started). Now one is also done in Newsoms and one in Courtland.”

For the Walters show, Steve Ivey and Nothin’ Butt Fun will be catering a pork barbecue dinner, which is eat-in or takeout. Ivey caters all sorts of parties and festivals and has won awards for his work.

Pat Cleveland will have jams, jellies and homemade breads. Debbie Edwards will offer Pampered Chef products, which can make cooking fun. Nancy Randall will be selling crocheted and hand-painted items, jewelry and baby afghans. Darby Fitzgerald will offer unique hair bows and a new line of Scentsy Candles.

Ellen Tetrault will offer mixed media art, paper, boxes and books. Barbiera Johnson and Johnson Manor Antiques will have several beautiful pieces available. Debbie Crowder will offer Cat’s Meow Jewelry, while Cecelia Carson will be selling scarves and jewelry to accessorize any outfit.

Ellen Lee will offer beautiful and unique pieces of handmade jewelry. Diane Purdie — the sewing queen — will be selling aprons, doggie wear, potato bags and more.

Sheila Burke will be offering tasty treats, while Jean Stephenson will bring Christmas arrangements, wreaths, snowmen and dishcloths.

For information, call Shirley at 757-620-5499.

• Southampton Public Schools raised more than $2,000 for a Breast Cancer Awareness Month program.

Twelve teachers on the Wellness Leadership Team proposed selling pink, paper chain links to raise money. The theme was “link together to find a cure.” Students bought links in memory of someone or to honor someone, said Southampton High School Principal Allene Atkinson.

During halftime of the Oct. 29 homecoming football game against Nottoway, about 20 to 30 students stretched out the chain, which spanned the length of three fields.

“The kids at our school are very civic minded,” Atkinson said. “It’s nice when the whole school comes together.”

• In related matters, Griffin Oil & Propane ran a promotion in October that included painting one of its trucks pink.

For every gallon of propane delivered to customers from the pink truck, Griffin Oil & Propane donated one cent to the American Cancer Society’s local office.

“Cancer affects people throughout the communities we serve,” said company spokesman J. Christiaan Pond. “Employees, neighbors and friends all have a personal experience about how cancer has impacted their lives.”

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her e-mail address is