Christmas Shopping Extravaganza features 13 vendors from Kris Kringle show

Promoter says traffic was steady at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center

December 02, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Deanna Reed, left, and her mother, Charlene Reed, browse Sunday during the Christmas Shopping Extravaganza at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Some people who shopped at the Kris Kringle Craft Show last month attended a related event Sunday at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center in Hagerstown as the craft show’s promoter helped start a smaller craft show in which vendors offered at least one item on sale.

Mary Hott, 64, who lives south of Williamsport, said she likes the smaller version.

She bought a scarf with a snowflake embellishment at the Kris Kringle show and went to Sunday’s show in search of another. She decided to keep the first one and wanted another to give as a gift.

While the vendor was sold out of the snowflake version, Hott found another scarf.

The Kris Kringle show started 29 years ago at what is now Hager Hall’s ballroom, but it outgrew the site by the Clarion Hotel, promoter Linda Williams said. This year’s Kris Kringle show was at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.


Bonnie Waltman, the Clarion Hotel’s director of sales, contacted Williams about starting a smaller show at Hager Hall, Williams said.

The one-day craft show, billed as a Christmas Shopping Extravaganza, featured 13 “premier” vendors from the Kris Kringle show, Williams said.

“We just wanted to try and see how it would go,” she said.

At the end of the event, Williams said traffic was steady.

Jane Wolfe, 73, of Smithsburg, said she didn’t make it to the Kris Kringle show, but she bought 10 necklaces at Sunday’s craft show.

Her daughter, Brenda Wolfe, bought gifts for others and something for herself.

“They should definitely do it every year. Great deals and bargains. Everyone’s been very nice, very nice and pleasant,” said Brenda Wolfe, 51, of Smithsburg.

Dee Johnson, 60, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said she bought five snowmen from Bobbi Wivell at the Kris Kringle show and went to Sunday’s event looking for more.

“I think everyone in our family loves snowmen,” Johnson said.

Wivell starts with a dried gourd or a bedpost, and sculpts them into snowmen.

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