Eagles women's auxilary hosts pie and craft show

MARION -- What could taste better on a crisp autumn day than a warm slice of pie with ice cream?

Perhaps cherry, blueberry or All-American apple. And it’s that time of year again to enjoy seasonal specialties like spicy pumpkin, savory mincemeat and rich pecan.

Mark your calendars for Saturday Oct. 27 and choose your favorite pies while shopping for distinctive gifts at the fifth annual Marion Pie Sale and Craft Show from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the women’s auxiliary of the Marion Fraternal Order of Eagles aerie 4087, the show will be held in the Eagles meeting hall at 220 S. Mill St., (M-66) Marion.

The pies are baked and donated by auxiliary members who offer a wide choice of flavors--an inviting array of familiar favorites and not-so-common varieties for those who want to try something a bit different.

Selling homemade baked goods for charity is an American tradition and the auxiliary has taken the concept a step further, combining the pie sale with a roomful of exhibitors displaying art work and crafts of all kinds handcrafted by more than two dozen talented artisans from Marion and surrounding communities.

Shop for jewelry, scented candles, crocheted and knitted clothing, blankets and afghans, kitchen accessories, hats, mittens, Christmas ornaments, ornate pillows, aprons, baby apparel, home decor items, handbags, wood crafts, embroidery, Swedish weaving, stained glass and much more.

Look for the intriguing oil paintings of Norman Robinson who paints scenes of rural life and nature on handsaws and circular saw blades. Robinson, who is from Marion, paints popular subjects such as Michigan songbirds, ducks, loons, bears, deer and old barns.

Other highlights include dainty crocheted christening gowns and bonnets, baby blankets, sweaters and hat and sock sets--all hand crocheted by the unusual husband and wife team, Janice and Ernie Vanover from Tustin. They both excel at the delicate art and sell ready-made items and custom orders.

Last year more than 200 area residents bought delicious pies and shopped for interesting and unique creations.

“We hope to see even more people this year,” said event organizer and auxiliary secretary Jan Zeilinger. “Every year is bigger than the last and we have more people come and more crafters. This year we have 28 different kinds of arts and crafts for people to choose from and we’re serving lunch including homemade soup and sandwiches.”

The project is just one of the ways the Eagles put into practice the spirit of their organization motto, “people helping people.”

All funds raised are used to assist families in need at Christmas and the group expects to donate food, clothing, toys and household items to local families.

Don’t miss this chance to stock up on mouthwatering pies for entertaining and family get-togethers and find Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.

If you’d like more information about the women’s auxiliary or participating in the show as a vendor, contact Zeilinger at (231) 743-6488.