The Christianson Native Craft Festival has been sponsored by the Office of Creative Ministries for the past 30 years.Â It is named after Frances Christianson, long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Rolla.Â It was started to help skilled craft persons from Missouri make a better living.Â Many of these highly talented persons were economically impoverished.Â It is held each year during the first week of August at the United Church of Christ Shanendale Camp justÂ south of Salem, Missouri.Â It now draws craft personsÂ from a four state area who donate their time to teach their crafts to campers who can pick from over 20 native Missouri crafts to learn.Â Mark your calendar for the next festival which will be held August 3-8, 2008.Â For more information call Office of Creative Ministries’ Board member Beverly Flowers (417-967-2431) or go to the Office of Creative Ministries website at http://www.umcom.comÂ The 2008 brochure will be available after the first of the year.
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