Oxford Lionettes host 18th annual Christmas at the park

Jocelyn Turner
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Show me the bling: Wendy Newman found the jewelry she was looking at at the 18th annual Christmast at the park craft sale Saturday afternoon in Oxford.

OXFORD – After 18 years, the Christmas at the park craft sale is still going strong. The Lionettes hosted the annual sale at the Lion’s Park recreational centre Saturday morning with different tables filled with Christmas crafts, pottery and jewelry.

“It’s a craft sale and a café,” said Heather MacDonald, the Lionettes president. “At the café, we have quiches and cheesecakes that people seem to really love.”

Anyone who showed up in the early afternoon would have been disappointed. MacDonald said they sold out of all the homemade snacks fairly early on.

The sale, MacDonald said, is always well received in the community.

“A lot of the ladies really like coming to the café and enjoy the food,” she added.

Although the homemade snacks were a big draw in for most of the browsers at the sale, for Wendy Newman, it was all about the bling.

“I usually come in, I live in the area and this is something I normally do when I’m around,” she said. “I love the bling. I always go for the bling.”

Jennie Fielding was one of the vendors at the sale. She said she’s been setting up a table at the sale for the past 14 years. Fielding brought many or her hand-made Christmas crafts and some of her wooden crafts. She said the reception on Saturday was great.

“We really like this spot,” she said. “The people are great and we always have a good sale.”

But it wasn’t just about selling her crafts that brings Fielding back every year.

“We love the lunch,” she said. “The cheesecake was delicious. My husband had two pieces.”

The money raised from the craft sale goes to the Lionettes.

“The Lionettes themselves help support different things in the community,” said MacDonald. “Or we assist the Lions.”

MacDonald said that in the past, with the money raised through the craft sale, they have been able to make needed repairs and small-scale renovations to their rec center.

Visit cumbernewsnow.com for a slideshow from the craft sale.

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: OXFORD

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