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Trims & Whims: Expanded annual event supports scholarship funds

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Historic Shelbyville ornament will be available this year

By Todd Martin

For the 31st year Trims & Whims will set up shop in Shelby County, raising money for local scholarships during its run today and Saturday at Wright Elementary School.

“We have a lot of new vendors to go along with several of our returning favorites,” said Joanna Freels, the co-chair of the event for Alpha Delta Kappa, the teachers’ sorority that puts on the yearly event.

The biggest addition this year is that ADK has added the historic Shelbyville Christmas ornaments. For several years the Business and Professional Women’s club sold the ornaments, which highlight a Shelby County landmark, but with the club disbanding, Freels said ADK wanted to keep the tradition alive.

“I was a member of that club [BPW], too, and I thought ADK would love to sell these as well,” she said.

The ornaments, which feature the Shelby County Library this year, will be available at Trims & Whims and also at the Kentucky Farm Bureau and at the historical society’s office on Main Street in Shelbyville.

Freels said several of the new vendors this year are coming in from new outside areas.

“We have a lady coming in from Wauseon, Ohio, who sells I Spytoys and several craft items and another from Ft. Wayne, Ind., who does beautiful hand thrown pottery,” she said

Local and Kentucky Proud vendors are also returning, including Liz Kimbrough, who is Freels’ co-chair and has been at every Trims & Whims.

“She just makes the most beautiful wreathes,” Freels said.

Several other vendors will be on hand with holiday items, hand-painted furniture, collectibles and handmade jewelry.

“We have ninety-two coming, but since the weather is going to be nice, I’m sure we’ll have more set up outside,” Freels said. “I had thirty-eight more vendors on the waiting list. Some of them have been added because people had to back out, but I think last year we six or seven set up outside, and I think it was colder then than it will be this year.”

The group also offers a completely homemade lunch in its Tea Room, which is open at 11 each day.

“We make all our own homemade breads, each member is responsible for making two breads, and we bake all the turkeys for our turkey salad,” Freels said. “We also make homemade pimento cheese and Benedictine, and two soups. This year we’ll have white chili and broccoli cheese soup.”

The club will also offer baked goods for sale through the Kriss Kringle booth.

ADK funds its annual scholarships through Trims & Whims, it provided two last year.

Freels said she hopes that the sale of the ornaments will add to that.

“We’d like to sell enough ornaments to fund another scholarship,” she said.

Trims & Whims

WHEN: Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Wright Elementary School

WHAT: 92 booths featuring handmade crafts, collectibles and holiday items.

BENEFITTING: ADK’s local scholarship fund