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.
“This event is about being able to support our neighbors and ourselves rather than sending money out of state,” she said. “These vendors are artists and our neighbors, so this is a good resource for the community and it’s something we can be proud of.”
First-time bazaar vendor Brenda Mayo said she is exciting about presenting her work Saturday.
“I love to do my crafting stuff, so I’m excited to see how it all goes,” she said. “It will be great to meet a lot of the people I’ve interacted with on the Starkville Homemade Facebook page.”
Mayo said the social media outlet has allowed her access to a wide variety of artists and products.
“It’s exciting to see the different things that are around and the talent Starkville has,” she said. “Normally the things I would make would be for presents here and there, but the opportunity to sell my work is pretty cool.”
Mayo said she looks forward to the sense of community the bazaar will bring Saturday.
“I love going to fairs and bazaars, and the Christmas spirit and camaraderie between everyone is amazing,” she said. “I love the feeling of getting to know people with a shared passion for the same types of things I like to do.”
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.
“Generations ago, people had to do things for themselves like growing and preserving their own food, and my generation just doesn’t know how to do any of that,” she said. “There’s a real awakening right now for learning how to do these real things.”
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.
“People are excited to see the center and what we’re doing,” she said. “We’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.”
The Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center’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 .