Holiday House offers little bit of everything

Published 9:00 pm Monday, December 4, 2017

The Walton Theater won’t just be a place to see a movie over the next two weeks. It will also be a place to purchase homemade arts and crafts, jewelry and other Christmas gifts for loved ones.

Over the next 12 days, the theater will play host to the annual Holiday House, which is in its 39th year.

“It’s an event for Selma to remember, and no matter how many vendors we have had across the years I’ve been working with it, Selma is still supportive of us,” said Candi Duncan, who organizes and runs the holiday shop.

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Duncan said the Holiday House has a little something for everyone, whether it be a Christmas ornament or a piece of jewelry.

“The things Holiday House has runs the full gamut. We’ve sold wind chimes of every make and fashion. You’ve got Alabama and Auburn ones right on up to tea pot ones,” she said.

“We’ve got lots of glass jewelry that’s fused glass. We have monogrammed keychains, USB plugs for your phone charger that are all colors, shapes and sizes. We have a lot of fleece things like Alabama and Auburn scarves and then just cute little blankets for children to lay on.”

There are also items like cotton arrangements, granite cheeseboards and jams and jellies.

“They’re very unique gifts and one of a kind pieces. People come from out of town that are so enamored by what we have they do all their Christmas shopping here because they can’t find things that are different,” she said.

Duncan said there are not quite as many vendors this year due to Sturdivant Hall’s Artisans Fair being Saturday. Many of the same vendors take part in Holiday House, she said, and haven’t had time to recover and make more product.

“We have some that are doing it now, so they’ll just be a little late showing up,” she said. “Although we’re not as full as we usually are, we’re going to have some more stuff, so come and look, and you can look twice if you want to.”

The Holiday House gives local artists a chance to sell their work during the holiday season, but it also serves as a fundraiser for the Old Depot Museum.

“It means all the world to me because that way it funds to where I can keep the museum going, which interprets all of Selma’s history, which is very important,” said Beth Spivey, curator of the museum. “I’ve been doing a lot of renovations, and it will help continue that too.”

Spivey said funds from the Holiday House have helped enlarge photographs, buy new display cases, picture frames and new lighting. She said she is working on making the museum more interactive.

“I just want people to keep coming back. We’ve got so much history that I could run for days,” Spivey said.

The Holiday House will be open through Dec. 16 from 9-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Duncan said on nights the theater is open for movies, the Holiday House will also be open late.

Different food vendors will also be set up each day.