By MATT CRANE
The crafting talents of Starkville artisans will be on display as the Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center hosts its first Homemade Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
MMHC owner Alison Buehler said the free event offers a variety of handmade items and original culinary creations designed to support local artisans by keeping monetary transactions within the community.
â€śThis event is about being able to support our neighbors and ourselves rather than sending money out of state,â€ť she said. â€śThese vendors are artists and our neighbors, so this is a good resource for the community and itâ€™s something we can be proud of.â€ť
First-time bazaar vendor Brenda Mayo said she is exciting about presenting her work Saturday.
â€śI love to do my crafting stuff, so Iâ€™m excited to see how it all goes,â€ť she said. â€śIt will be great to meet a lot of the people Iâ€™ve interacted with on the Starkville Homemade Facebook page.â€ť
Mayo said the social media outlet has allowed her access to a wide variety of artists and products.
â€śItâ€™s exciting to see the different things that are around and the talent Starkville has,â€ť she said. â€śNormally the things I would make would be for presents here and there, but the opportunity to sell my work is pretty cool.â€ť
Mayo said she looks forward to the sense of community the bazaar will bring Saturday.
â€śI love going to fairs and bazaars, and the Christmas spirit and camaraderie between everyone is amazing,â€ť she said. â€śI love the feeling of getting to know people with a shared passion for the same types of things I like to do.â€ť
Buehler said the idea for the homesteading center started six months ago when organizers began thinking of ways to teach Mississippians about certain fading traditions.
â€śGenerations ago, people had to do things for themselves like growing and preserving their own food, and my generation just doesnâ€™t know how to do any of that,â€ť she said. â€śThereâ€™s a real awakening right now for learning how to do these real things.â€ť
Along with the bazaar, the MMHC will host its grand opening from 3-5 p.m. Saturday with a Holiday Open House.
Buehler said she has been encouraged by the response the center has received so far.
â€śPeople are excited to see the center and what weâ€™re doing,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™re creating a very comfortable, traditional and homey feeling that people are looking for in a time that seems so commercialized. The center is all about authentic living, simplifying, slowing down and showcasing the best of Mississippi.â€ť
The Mississippi Modern Homesteading Centerâ€™s Homemade Holiday Bazaar lasts from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, followed by its Holiday Open House from 3-5 p.m. The center is located at 402 Lake Valley Drive in Starkville.
For more information, call 662-694-0124 or visit http://www.msmodernhomestead.com.