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Company B combines music, crafts for unique experience

A Company B parent works the concession stand dessert table.

A Company B parent works the concession stand dessert table.

— The holidays are quickly approaching. Get a head start on your shopping at the Company B craft show all while supporting Baker High School’s vocal jazz ensemble.

“The craft fair is the vocal jazz students’ biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Rona Rich, who has coordinated the event for the past six years. Rich’s son was a member of the vocal jazz ensemble before graduating and pursuing a music theater degree from the University of Buffalo.

Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Baker High School, the event has more than 140 booths sprawling throughout the ground floor of the school including the lobby, the cafeteria, the swimming pool hallway and both gyms. That means a wide selection of gifts and crafts including baskets, framed art, photography, candles, wreaths and floral arrangements, clothing, jewelry, food, pet products, wood working, soaps, stain glass and Holiday décor.

“There is something for everyone at the show,” Rich said. “It is a great place to start and finish your holiday shopping. You get to support the vocal jazz students, support our local crafters and get a jump on your shopping for the season all in one place.”

According to Rich, funds are raised through the student- and parent-run concession stand (featuring lunch items), bake sale (featuring a variety of baked goods including pies, cakes, breads and cookies) and through the selling of booth space to vendors at the show.

“It is a lot of work for each parent and student but a fun day to work together,” she said.

Student and parent volunteers also run the door prize booth.

“Each vendor generously gives a donation to the group to serve as a door prize,” Rich said, adding that tickets are sold and drawn throughout the day; approximately $1,000 worth of prizes are given away. Note that winners do not need to be present to win; simply write contact information on the back of door prize tickets.

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