Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar

Danville, Ky.’s Duchscherer
to sell her jewelry at bazaar

The annual event offers a
great chance for holiday shopping

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (November 2014) – Donda Duchscherer is slowly turning her hobby into a lucrative business. Her glass bead jewelry is catching the eye of many holiday shoppers.
Her jewelry is “hand-woven, no loom. Just a needle and thread,” said Duchscherer, 42. She weaves glass beads into tubular-shaped necklaces, earrings and bracelets. “A new, very popular item is my lanyards.”


For less than a year, Duchscherer has been busy at this hobby. A resident of Danville, Ky., Duchscherer is a librarian at Danville High School, where she got the idea to make jewelry from students.
“Some kids had asked for non-fiction books on knitting. I found some jewelry books also that I knew they would love,” she said. As she flipped through the books, she wondered if she could make the same type of jewelry for her friends.
Duchscherer looked up the process on You Tube and watched several how-to videos before tackling glass bead jewelry making on her own. Her work has become very desirable by word-of-mouth.
Duchscherer will be one of more than 30 artists and craftspeople displaying their unique handcrafted items at the 22nd annual Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 8. The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Fairgrounds Building located on Hwy. 421 between New Castle and Pleasureville.
A variety of handmade arts and crafts items will be for sale, including decorative wreaths, home décor, customized farm toys, sheep and goat related items, painted furniture, bird houses, quilted items, leather items, jewelry and Christmas ornaments and décor. Lunch will be available for purchase.
“The purpose of the event is to provide an outlet for local arts, crafts and small business people to market their goods and also to try and capture some of the Holiday Season shopping dollars before they leave our county for the malls of our neighboring urban communities,” said Maryellen Garrison, Henry County Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. “We are able to provide 30 inside booths and five outside booths, and each year we have a waiting list of people hoping to grab a booth if anyone cancels.”
Garrison said there is also opportunity for several non-profits to raise funds for their organizations. “The Senior Citizens reported that our bazaar offers them their largest fund raising opportunity, which we provide for them free of charge. Through reports from participants we estimate that the bazaar keeps more than $15,000 in shopping dollars in the county.”
As to the people who shop at the bazaar Garrison said, “We see many return shoppers who say they can’t wait to come and see what our bazaar will have.”
Melissa Beatty is a local artist who has participated in the Holiday Bazaar since it began.  “This bazaar brings people in from surrounding counties to shop because it is mostly handmade items for sale and they love that,” said Beatty.
A versatile artist, Beatty crafts Santa Claus dolls and paintings that have Christmas themes to sell at this bazaar. She began making the Santa dolls more than 20 years ago to help put her children through college. They began “selling so well (and without any advertising at all) that I was getting orders from people sending them to other states and Germany, England and Australia.” 
Duchscherer, who lives in Lawrenceburg, Ky., said she will have “samples of everything” at the bazaar. She will have on display two different necklace styles and three different earring styles.
Duchscherer is a member of The Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County, which she joined this year. “The Arts Commission is an agency that promotes local artists and arts events,” said Ann Nichols, Executive Director of The Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County. “Our membership is not composed of artists alone, but mostly made up of people who appreciate and support the arts here in this community.”
Although she is still a novice on the arts and crafts circuit, Duchscherer has participated in one of two Gallery Hop Stops in Danville to sell her jewelry. The first one was in mid-June during the Great American Brass Band Festival.
For the Gallery Hop Stop series, “we create galleries for two evenings a year in downtown businesses and agencies.” Hop No. 2 is set from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. “Local artists and members of the Arts Commission who live outside Boyle County can participate for free and pay no commission on work sold.”

• For more information on the Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar, contact the Henry County Extension Office at (502) 845-2811.

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