WEIRTON - The 49th annual Weirton Woman's Club Art Department holiday craft festival will be held held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mercy Baptist Church's R.J. Bush Center located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave.
The admission is $2.
The show features an "Authors' Alley" with area authors holding book signings. Authors will include young adult writer Melissa Hosack; mystery writer Cindy McDonald; children's author Shannon Giambroni; science-fiction, fantasy and horror author Larry Ivkovich; and Mary M. Paice, "A Life of Love With Madam Judy Jordan" author.
Crafters include Deb Lawton from Country Delights; Bobbi Jo Domitrovich with her signature jewelry and scarves; J&S, primitive wood artists and embroidered items; Tink Carey with her own jewelry line using Swarovski crystals; Rosemary Bunner with dog sweaters and accessories; Gift Baskets by Helen Vidovich; Mary Massie with hand crocheted items, doilies and table-toppers; Kendra Jo's Bows; Rose Porco with cookies and Watkins products; B&K Soy Candles; Rebecca Jablonski, with custom embroidered shirts and totes embellished with Swarovski crystals; and Sunflower Ridge Crafts, specializing in wreaths.
The Art Department also is holding a bake sale, and A Child's Place Court-Appointed Special Advocates will be present. Donations will be accepted for the Hancock County Animal Shelter.
Diana Durst, General Federation of Women's Clubs of West Virginia President's Project chair, will sell Sharon Neeley's handmade scarves to send an area child to Camp Kno Koma, a summer camp for children with diabetes.
Tickets for the holiday home tour, a special tour of area homes in Weirton, New Cumberland and Chester will be available for $20 each. This is a self-guided tour of selected area homes decorated for the holidays. This tour is presented by the Hancock County Arts Council, under the sponsorship of Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Proceeds from the festival go towards the awarding of a scholarship to an area high school student who will be majoring in art in college. This year's scholarship winner is Lydia Taylor, who is attending West Virginia University and majoring in art design. She plans to do freelance mural art.
The Art Department has awarded more than 120 scholarships to area students in the 49 years of holding the festival. Plans are underway for the 50th annual festival in 2014.