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Westmoreland Union Manor residents interact with the public more than most retirement communities

RITA A. LEONARD - Jimmy Moore painted, and offered for sale, bright acrylic fruits and vegetables at the Westmoreland Union Manor Craft and Artisan Fair. Holiday craft fair organizers are beginning to realize that events held earlier in the season are more timely for shoppers. As usual this year, the Westmoreland Union Manor Craft and Artisan Fair was one of the first – on November 3rd and 4th in the nonprofit retirement apartment building's main dining hall.

Organized by resident Becky Messick, the event featured sixteeen artists, some with more than one display. There was also a snack bar available to the public that served coffee, sweet rolls, and sandwiches.

Tables offered a variety of Holiday items, such as wreaths, table runners, and greeting cards. Crocheted hats, dog clothing, and lap robes foreshadowed the already approaching cool weather. However, along with decorative and warm items, there were a number of unique wares – such as beaded glass jars, handmade paper, cork picture frames, and lavender sachets. Some items sold out, with more on order for customers who were turned away.

Bright acrylic paintings and cards were displayed by Jimmy Moore, a resident of the Manor for nine years. Becky Messick sold crocheted hats, nylon dish scrubbies, and patterned tote bags; and there were several styles of handmade jewelry. "Little Wallets" made in patterned fabric were sold by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic organization that raises money to help educate women returning to the workplace.

P.E.O. Chapter IX President Kate Van Nortwick, along with Donna French, explained, "This is our chapter fundraiser, where we celebrate the advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans, to help women achieve their highest aspirations. These colorful little wallets can hold keys, spare change, and other small items that you need to locate easily."

For more info on P.E.O., go online – www.peointernational.org. And if you missed this sale and show, it'll be back next year around early November at Westmoreland Union Manor, on S.E. 23rd Avenue, two blocks north of Bybee Boulevard.

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