The Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

By Bear Lake Staff / November 26, 2013

If you have ever been to the Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Show then you know just how big of a treat this is!  Starting in 1987 in Macon County, NC, the first show featured only 8 artisans with big dreams – to one day move their show and present their treasured crafts at the Ramsey Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.  In 2005 – those dreams came true when she was able to move her show with the support of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  We must say, it has been such a pleasure to have her and this wonderful show featured in our beautiful community!  So, just how did it become the “Hard Candy Christmas Show”?  Founder Doris Hunter of Macon County explains how she came up with the name for the artisan craft show:

“It is because of my mountain heritage.  I am the youngest of eight children of a family that spans five generations.  Christmas was always celebrated in a big way.  No matter what the circumstances, we always had apples, oranges, and of course, hard candy!  Mountain children were given gifts handmade with love, too.  I did not know it then, but a mountain tradition was born that was destined to become the largest Christmas art & craft show in the western part of the State.  The “Hard Candy Christmas” became a great getaway for houseguests after the Thanksgiving turkey dinner.”

The Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts show features artisans from all over the area, and includes many crafts ranging from paintings to hand crafted items to jewelry.  What is better than purchasing original art directly from the hands of the artist who crafted it?  These items include great stories, and meeting the artisans behind the items is always the best part of the show.  These items also make wonderful holiday gifts for those who are traveling – bring a little part of North Carolina with you where you are going!

The 2013 Hard Candy Christmas show will be taking place this Friday and Saturday, November 28 & 29 from 10 AM – 5 PM at the WCU Ramsey Center.  For more information about the show, artisans, and founder please visit!

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