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Craft show returns to help Order of the Eastern Star

PLATTSBURGH - Two chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star will be hosting a Valentine Craft Show to help raise money for various causes.

The two chapters, Miramichi in West Chazy and Mount Hermon in Ellenburg, will be working together for the craft show, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 20 on Quarry Road.

"We did this last year at the same place and it worked out for us," said Miramichi member and organizer Priscilla Rathbun. "So we're trying it again."

Rathbun explained the OES main home and campus is in Oriskany, and they are fighting to keep it open.

"Our job is just to keep that home," she said. "They have lost quite a bit of money. We had investments, when the stock market went down. Each of the chapters throughout New York State, different ones have been putting different things on to help with that."

However, OES raises money for many other causes as well.

"We support the wounded veterans' organization, this year our special fundraiser is for Alex's Lemonade Stand, which is for finding a cure for childhood cancer," explained Marcia Boling, member and organizer with Mount Hermon.

This year there are already 21 tables signed up, including people selling jewelry, quilts, watercolors and candles. Rathbun's husband, Robert Rathbun, a former shop teacher at Chazy Central Rural School, will also be selling his wooden creations.

"It's a very good variety," said Boling.

If interested in being a part of the craft show, contact Boling at 425-0157.

"It's an opportunity to show their work and to meet other crafters," she said.

"There's a lot of hospitality and friendliness amongst the people who are there and I think [people] would enjoy seeing the different crafts," added Rathbun.

The craft show will also feature baskets to be raffled off, including a wine basket, book basket, and breakfast basket. Tickets are one for $1 or eight for $5.

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