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Marilyn Hagerty: Craft-makers get ready for pre-Christmas season

Ghosts and goblins will be out in full force on Halloween. They do not scare me. What really strikes fear into my heart is the news I have been reading. Hershey Co. said it plans to charge more for chocolate and other candy next year. According t...

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Ghosts and goblins will be out in full force on Halloween. They do not scare me.

What really strikes fear into my heart is the news I have been reading. Hershey Co. said it plans to charge more for chocolate and other candy next year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the price increase will offset costs that have been eating away at the profit margin.

Yikes! That means Mr. Goodbars too.

Pinecone swags

Wednesdays mean different things to different people. To a group of women who gather each Wednesday morning at the Myra Museum, it means crafts. They put together an array of items that they offer up for sale this time of year.

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And the annual pre-Christmas sale is coming up from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Myra Museum on the grounds of Grand Forks County Historical Society. This may be the only place where a person could find everything from embroidered dish towels to pinecone swags for Christmas trees.

When I dropped by the craft room for a preview, I saw knitted hats, aprons and kitchen items. There were little gift items a person could give to teachers, co-workers and special friends. In other years, shoppers have found divinity, fudge and peanut brittle. Sometimes there are pies and cookies that can be stored away in the freezer until Christmas.

The Craft Guild welcomes help with the sale. And it welcomes others to its Wednesday morning sessions at the Myra Museum. Those who have been showing up are Trish Blackwell, Dorrie DeHaan, Joan Smith, Joyce Medalen, Darlene Shea, Alicia Osormo and Glorianne Hiltner.

Always nearby is Leah Byzewski, Myra director.

Helping out

Over the years, the Craft Guild has encouraged new members. It has made donations for needs such as the security system. It has helped out at the post office on the Myra Museum grounds and with Campbell House gutters.

The Guild welcomes donations of craft items or baked goods for its annual fall sale.

Also on Saturday is the 58th annual Christmas tea at Holy Family Catholic Church.

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The Grand Forks traditions continue with lefse making at the Sons of Norway Lodge. There will be lessons Friday and Saturday at the Gyda Varden Lodge. And all who attend probably will come away saying "Uff da."

And there's a glow around Grand Forks as hockey fans languish in the reflected glory of the UND victory over Minnesota in Las Vegas.

 

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.com or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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