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Cabot PEAK Center to hold holiday craft fair

Seniors center will hold Christmas fundraiser event on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The Cabot PEAK Center for Seniors will hold a Christmas craft fair from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the PEAK Center, 600 N. Grant St.
Ceramics and quilts made by senior center members will be on sale. Apple cider and cookies will be available. All proceeds will go back into the PEAK Center’s activities funds to purchase new Bingo equipment, replenish ceramic and quilt supplies and to support activities at the center.
Face masks and social distancing are required of all.
The PEAK Center was closed in March as as a precaution to COVID-19, but reopened in October to give seniors a chance to socialize and relieve feelings of isolation.
The senior center practices social distancing and face coverings are required to be worn. Currently, attendance is averaging 23 members a day compared to 57 members before the pre-COVID-19 pandemic.
To participate in the quilting or ceramics activities, a person must be over 50 years old and be a member of the PEAK Center. Membership is free. Hot home-cooked meals are prepared in the kitchen and served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost of lunch is $3.
Quilts will be for sale at the crafts sale. There are children’s quilts, baby blankets, lap blankets and quilts for twin, full, queen and king sized beds.
The quilts were made by volunteer members working individually or in a quilting bee. They meet five days a week when the PEAK Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
PEAK member Janet Kersey said, “If someone wants to come in and sew, we have some spare needles for them. We welcome anyone.”
PEAK member Susie Mitchell said, “It is a good time and visit. The (PEAK) van will come pick you up and return (if you are living in Cabot city limits). You don’t have to sit at the house alone and watch TV.”
When the PEAK Center was closed, the quilters were able to keep busy working on pieces and kept in touch, sometimes working together off-site on a project.
The ceramics shop is next door at the old senior center building. It is open to members from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
PEAK member Nanette Lemke, a volunteer helping run the ceramics shop said, “I love doing this. It is a stress reliever. It’s quiet time and I can be creative and paint.”
The ceramics shop creates figures from scratch with a clay mixture, poured into molds and baked in a kiln. The objects are then painted and reheated again to finish.
While the crafts sale is going on, visitors may want to stop in the PEAK Boutique thrift shop. It is open to the public. All sales from donated goods go towards support activities at the senior center. The thrift shop is open 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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