It’s a labor of love.

A dozen or so women -- and sometimes a few men -- show up on Wednesday mornings at the craft room of the Myra Museum.

They work away all year long on their crafts and create items for the annual holiday sale. The fruits of their labor will show up for a sale and coffee time from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

It’s one of several pre-holiday events that get people on the move. Among other traditional happenings on Saturday include a bazaar at Sharon Lutheran Church and a Christmas tea at Holy Family Catholic Church.

The Myra Museum Guild is made up of people who share their specialties. They include Joan Smith, who is known for her peanut brittle. Linda Palmiscno turns out rag dolls. They knit. They crochet. They build.

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Members sitting around the table in the craft room at the Myra on Wednesday mornings usually include Trish Blackwell, Dorrie DeHaan, Glorianne Hiltner, Joyce Medalen, Kay Roch, Darlene Shea, Linda Palmiscno, Joni Woods and Leah Byzewski, director of the Myra Museum.

Last year, the Myra Guild sale raised more than $2,000 for Grand Forks County Historical Society.

The coffee pot is always on. Their hands are busy. They say it’s fun to see what crafts others enjoy. And they encourage others to join the group gatherings between 9:30 a.m. and noon Wednesdays.

Bowls of candy

The weekend arrives with bowls of Halloween candy sitting on kitchen counters around the Forks. And you know the holidays are at hand when the J-Mart at nearby Pisek announces it has all kinds of candy for sale.

Ask Marilyn

Confucius might say those who fail to set the clock back on Saturday night may be confused about church time on Sunday morning.

Q. What else might Confucius say today?

A. He who fails to get a flu shot may be in trouble.

Elaine and Al

Cheerful people of the week: Elaine Bonovsky, of Mayville, and Al Larson of Argyle, Minn.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.