Crafts show to boost Marietta band

MARIETTA – The Marietta Band Boosters Arts and Crafts Show has been a successful fundraiser for the group for 20 years and the tradition will continue Saturday.

Sixty-five vendors offering all manner of arts and crafts will be set up at the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We will have jewelry, primitives, stained glass, someone will have purses … just a lot of ideas for the holidays,” said Brenda Watson, organizer of the event and a booster board member. “This is one of our bigger fundraisers and we are excited to have all the (vendor) spots filled.”

Watson said other fundraisers throughout the year include running the concession stand at home football games, Band-O-Rama, poinsettia sales and the sale of Band Bucks, which probably brings in the most money.

“The proceeds go back in to our general fund for things like upkeep of the truck and trailer, travel expenses to competitions, and instruments and repair,” said band booster Christine Lisk of Marietta, who is also a parent to a senior and an eighth-grader in the band program. “The biggest expense is probably our marching show because we have to pay for the drills, the rights to the music and all that.”

A lot of parent volunteers and students help to run the craft show, doing everything from setting up booths to running the concession stand. Watson said the band students, numbering more than 90, realize the importance of pitching in to help with fundraising.

“The kids just work really hard,” she said.

Anyone looking for an interesting gift can visit the booth of Kristina Hendershot of Marietta, who writes on rice. Hendershot, 32, said she came across the idea on the Internet, where someone had written the Lord’s Prayer on a tiny piece of white rice.

“I can’t do that but I can write other things,” she said. “My favorite thing is when a kid comes up to me and says, ‘I bet you can’t write my name.'”

For the past six years, Hendershot, whose daughter Rebecca is in color guard, has offered necklaces, key chains, ankle bracelets and zipper pulls containing the small keepsake. And, of course, a way to magnify the writing.

The band booster craft show is the only one she attends for now but if demand grows and time allows, she may expand the business.

The longest phrase Hendershot can write on a piece of rice is “Will you marry me?” and, though she hasn’t sold any, she hopes that someone will take her up on the proposal idea soon.

“It would come in a Chinese takeout box … isn’t that cute? So, yeah, I hope to sell some of those,” she said.