Christmas in Clawson Craft Show to return Nov. 10

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published November 7, 2018

 Unique gifts, such as jewelry, will be offered at the Christmas in Clawson Craft Show Nov. 10.

Unique gifts, such as jewelry, will be offered at the Christmas in Clawson Craft Show Nov. 10.

Photo provided by Andrea Hodges

  A colorful shawl will be among the handmade items for  sale at the craft show.

A colorful shawl will be among the handmade items for sale at the craft show.

Photo provided by Andrea Hodges

CLAWSON — On Saturday, Nov. 10, the 34th annual Christmas in Clawson Craft Show will take place at both Clawson High School and Clawson Middle School.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 200 juried artists and crafters will set up shop, and Santa will make an appearance from noon to 2 p.m.

Admission will cost $3 for adults, and children younger than 13 will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from the event will benefit Clawson Public Schools parent-teacher groups.

Andrea Hodges, school board president and director of the craft show, said all of the items for sale are handmade arts and crafts.

“There are unique gifts that are one of a kind, and it helps small business owners,” Hodges said.

Some of the wares that will appear this year include woodworking, Michigan-themed items, stained glass, photography, crochet, baby items, pet items, canned food, and body items such as bubble baths and lotions, she said.

“There will be mannequin heads. A woman dresses them all up,” she said. “There’s actually one table where you can do your own Christmas bulb. Kids can go there and decorate them for $5.”

The high school and middle school robotics teams will offer a free coat check, and Hodges said that when attendees enter any of the four entrances, they will receive a map with a list of crafters.

Parents will also sell hot food in the high school cafeteria, facilitate a bake sale and offer a 50-50 raffle.

“They do everything. They do the food, the decorating — everything is volunteer, and it takes a good 50-60 volunteers to make this work,” Hodges said.

She added that the Boy Scouts, the National Honor Society and the Junior Optimist Club also help crafters unload and set up.

Breanne Hill-Wood, marketing director of the craft show, said she loves working with Christmas in Clawson.

“We are one of the only all-handmade craft shows left. It’s also one of the biggest and oldest around,” Hill-Wood said. “We typically see between 3,000 and 4,000 shoppers. It’s busy all day long. There’s a ton of variety and it’s just a fun family event.”

Hodges said the show raises anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000, which goes toward school supplies, field trips, and student and teacher needs.

Clawson High School and Clawson Middle School are located on John M Avenue, two blocks north of 14 Mile Road, off Main Street.

For more information, visit www.christmasinclawson.com.