Middle Creek United Methodist holds yard sale

Weaving, gardening classes new to annual event
May. 13, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

Middle Creek United Methodist Church held its annual yard, plant and bake sale Saturday. The church has been holding the event for over 20 years.

The sale has grown each year, and new ideas for it have emerged, said Candace Sutton, president of the Women's Group.

All funds raised will benefit church mission work, as well as necessary repairs and improvements to the facility.

Six years ago, the garden and bake sale were added. "We dig up all the plants from our own yards and pot them ourselves," Sutton said. "This year, I brought wildflowers. We have a whole section of wildflowers."

Churches are known for bake sales, and Middle Creek UMC is no exception. "We have some great bakers, and that part of our sale has done really well over the years," Sutton said.

Some activities are new this year. Master Gardeners Leo and Linda Burke offered a class on bed gardening, while Theresa Tyler, a member of Gatlinburg's craft community, taught basket weaving. Both classes were free, though the church accepted donations.

Church member and artist Jerry Ward was available to do charcoal portraits.

A meal was added to this year's event. Clint's BBQ and Country Cooking was on site to serve sandwiches, chips, dessert and drinks.

"It's not just a yard sale. It's social, too," Sutton said. "We've been doing it so long that some people come every year. We have a good time."

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