Hand-made toys that raise money for cancer patients and quilts will be a new addition to a long-standing event in Holbrook this weekend.
A knitting group supporting Mawson’s Vision, which was formed by Karen Denham in 2000 after losing her husband to cancer, will have their toys for sale at the Art and Gardens weekend.
Proceeds will be going to the Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund.
Cathryn Cottrell, a member of the group, said all the materials for the toys were donated.
“We’ve been helping Karen do all the knitting – to date she’s raised more than $7000,” she said.
“We come together weekly and all the wool and stuffing is donated – it’s a real team effort.
“A lot of the demand for the toys are through word of mouth and over the internet.
“We’ll have a stall set up at the event.”
Gail Davis has been co-ordinating the quilt show with Liz Keogh and Margie Goodman and said there would be 86 quilts on display at the Anglican Church hall.
“We’re wondering how we will fit them into the church hall,” she said.
“The response from the wider community going from Barnawartha in to Wagga has been absolutely overwhelming.
“We’ve hired quilts from the Murray River quilters and our own team of local quilters will be putting up the exhibition.”
Ms Davis said a Rotarian had contacted her about putting on a quilt show, which she hopes will happen every second year.
“There will be a very wide range of styles, techniques and passion that people have been prepared to display,” she said.
“Across the weekend there’s markets on the Saturday, open gardens and an art show.
“It’s a real community experience that combines all these different things.”
As part of the Holbrook Rotary Art Show nearly 350 pieces will be displayed in the town hall on Young Street.
The Rotary Club will conduct an opening tonight at the hall starting from 6.30pm, and opening hours for all events are 10am to 4pm at the weekend. Gardens open to the public include Beecher’s Brook and Mt Annan on Jingellic Road, Old Thomond and Oxton on Mountain Creek Road, Innisfail and Binginwarri on Wagga Road and the community garden in Frampton Street.
Beecher’s Brook, owned by John and Anne Cox, will display dry stone formations such as sculptures, gateways, walls and a bridge.
The community garden will have a plant and produce stall at the market, where activities include a jumping castle, miniature train rides and face painting.