Christmas coming Saturday to Radcliff

A sign outside Colvin Community Center in Radcliff promotes the Christmas in July crafts and vendor event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

It might be hot and steamy outside, but Christmas is coming to Radcliff on Saturday.

The annual Christmas in July event hosted by the Radcliff Woman’s Club is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Colvin Community Center.

Organizer Maria Batistoni said community members of all ages will find something to do at the shopping and fundraising event.

“Shoppers will be getting beautiful items,” she said. “They can get their Christmas shopping out of the way.”

Batistoni said the community center will be filled with treasures for anyone on a shoppers’ Christmas list or, for those not interested in Christmas shopping, something for themselves.

“We have everything from Tupperware to jewelry,” she said, adding that a travel agency and other local vendors will be present including The Gathering Bakery. “We’ll have wreaths and ceramic Christmas trees as well.”

Children also will find activities to interest them to include arts and crafts with Mrs. Claus.

“Mrs. Claus will be there telling them about Santa and how hard he’s working,” she said. “She’ll read a story, too. The elves are going to help us. It will be a lot of fun.”

Partnering with the Radcliff Literacy Project, Batistoni said the first 125 children that attend the event also will receive a new hard-covered book and a goody bag.

“It’s really important for children to read,” she said. “If they could learn to love reading by the third grade, they will continue to read and do better in school. We’re doing that for the benefit of the children.”

Mrs. Claus also will provide a bookmark that can be colored at the craft station, Batistoni said.

Shoppers also will have an opportunity to bid on donated items for the club’s silent auction, she said.

“Two of the items for the silent auction will be a red-and-white ceramic Christmas tree that represents John Hardin and a blue-and-white ceramic Christmas tree that will represent North Hardin,” she said. “We want to see which one collects the most money.”

Food vendors also will be present to include meal items from various merchants and ice cream from the North Hardin Lion’s Club, which Batistoni said would be refreshing on a hot day.

The woman’s club also will raffle gift certificates to local restaurants.

The event, usually accompanied by a dinner, was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions and Batistoni said the dinner was removed from the day’s agenda this year in lieu of food vendors.

“We’re not doing the dinner this year, because that would be too crowded and we still want to respect social distancing,” she said, adding she hopes to have the dinner return next year.

Batistoni said if all those reasons weren’t enough, the club would like to appeal to shopper’s giving nature.

“We do give a portion of the proceeds from the vendors’ payment to the Alzheimer’s Association,” she said.

For more information about donating for the silent auction or the event, call Batistoni at 270-351-2731.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1418 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.

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