Salem United Methodist Church in Fond du Lac is hosting a Red Bird Mission Craft Fair on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Red Bird Mission, located in the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky, provides critical needs to the people of this isolated and distressed area. One means of support is to sell crafts made by the local artisans.
Shoppers will find beautiful handmade honeysuckle vine or creek willow baskets. Other handmade items include beeswax candles, jewelry, hand-painted gourds, woven placements, and brooms for use or decorations. Doll collectors will have an opportunity to purchase a variety of handmade dolls. Wooden crafts consist of toys, games, kitchen utensils, cooling racks, stools and benches. Wood and cloth Christmas ornaments, nativity sets, and one-of-a-kind Santa dolls will also be available for purchase.
Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of Appalachia. Red Bird Mission and clinic strives to meet these needs through a variety of ministry areas: education, health and wellness, community outreach, economic opportunity, and community housing improvement. By providing a market for local artisans, the craft program is a vital part of economic development for an area where 50% unemployment exists.
Salem UMC is located at 120 Sheboygan St. in Fond du Lac. The craft fair will be held in the fellowship hall. For more information, call the church at 921-8605.