Mark your calendars now! Carleton College's annual holiday Craft & Custodial Bake Sale will be held Friday, December 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commons area of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items -- including jewelry, afghans and quilts, baskets, candles, outerwear and more -- along with an array of delicious baked goods will be available for purchase. Vendors will donate their entrance fee to the Carleton College Custodial Scholarship Fund.This very popular event is free and open to the public.
Long-time Carleton employee Loretta Springer first organized this event in 1982, as a way to showcase and sell homemade items made by Carleton staff. Today, over 65 vendors participate each year, from Carleton as well as the greater Northfield community, offering a wide range of apparel, crafts, accessories, and more. The fundraiser also continues to serve as a fun way to demonstrate the wide-range of hobbies and crafts engaged in by Carleton staff and community members.
Carleton custodian Pat Flynn established the Custodial Scholarship Fund in 1993. Over three-quarters of the custodial staff at Carleton donate back a portion of each paycheck to help fund an endowed scholarship given each year to at least one Carleton student. In 1997, Flynn organized the first annual bake sale in partnership with the craft sale to help raise money for the Scholarship Fund; the bake sale raised close to $750 in 2011.
The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 East Third Streeet in Northfield. For more information on the event, or if interested in participating as a vendor at the sale, please contact Loretta Springer at (507) 222-4186. The cost for members of the Carleton community is $10, and $20 for non-Carleton participants; fees will be donated to the Custodial Scholarship Fund.