Originally created 11/14/97

Ready or not...



Attention holiday shoppers: The clock is ticking. You have just 41 days to finish your gift-buying.

It's not quite time to panic, but you can get a jump start on your shopping this weekend at Christmas Made in the South, a three-day crafts fair at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. The show features more than 400 artists and master craftsmen.

It opens at 10 a.m. today.

Show coordinators expect more than 20,000 shoppers. Many who attend the show get the bulk of their Christmas shopping done before the after-Thanksgiving rush.

"A lot of people will make their Christmas lists and do about 80 to 90 percent of their Christmas shopping at the show," says Bob Hunt, show director.

While many shoppers haven't even thought to buy their Thanksgiving turkey yet, those who attend the show will be able to find something for everyone on their Christmas shopping list, Mr. Hunt says.

Pottery, stained glass, jewelry, sculpture, folk art and hand-crafted toys are among the items that will be on display at the civic center.

"There is literally something for everyone," says Mr. Hunt.

This is the one show where you can find the gift for the person who has everything or the aunt for whom you can never seem to find the right gift.

"You're going to see a lot of things you've never seen before," Mr. Hunt says.

Hours for the show are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults, which is good for all three days with a hand stamp. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. You can find reduced-admission coupons and advanced tickets at Fat Man's Forest stores.

Craft show

What: Christmas Made in the South

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.

How much: $4 for adults, which is good for all three days with a hand stamp; children younger than 12 admitted free; reduced admission coupons and advanced tickets at Fat Man's Forest stores.