Woodcarvers' annual sale set for Saturday

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Love arts and crafts? Have a fancy for wood-carved items? If so, the Mustang Draw Woodcarver's Club has an offer you might not be able to refuse.The club's annual Show and Sale will conclude Friday and Saturday at the Dora Roberts Community Center, and organizers say there will be all sorts of hand-crafted items for sale.On Friday, the club will hold its annual show, where items submitted by club members will be judged in a variety of categories, ranging from caricatures to religious items. The top two awards will be Best in Show and People's Choice. The last award will be voted on by the public attending the final day sale.Organizers say Saturday's sale, which starts at 9 a.m., is an excellent time for people to buy unique gifts. In addition, there will be drawings for a hand-carved Noah's Ark and a Christmas tree replete with hand-carved ornaments.There is no admission charge to the sale.This is the club's only fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will pay for both the show and other club expenses during the year, club member James Fryar said.The club, which had as few as 20 members in recent years, now has more than 40 enthusiasts attending the club meetings, which are held the third Monday of every month at the Sibley Center in Midland.The reason membership has blossomed, club member Monroe Casey said, is simple — the craft appeals to everybody.“We've got a retired college professor, and we've got some guys who never finished school,” Casey said. “We've got welders, housewives, men, women, children, you name it.”For more information on this year's event, contact Fryar at 399-4510 or 270-2510.