Red Geranium Artisan Market set for Aug. 17


Organizers of the fourth annual Red Geranium Artisan Market like it to be known as “A Market with a Mission.”

Each year, market proceeds support local, state, national and international mission projects for the First Presbyterian Church in Noblesville.

“In the past, we have sent barrels of clothing and food staples to a village in Malawi, Africa,” mission elder Sue Jourdan said. “This year, some of the money will be used to support youth English camps in Hungary.”

The Red Geranium is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1207 Conner St. The market will feature local and international artisans, food and live music. There will be a combined 40 artisan vendor booths inside and outside the historical church selling fine art, antiques, furniture, boutique clothing, children’s clothing and accessories, photography, jewelry, wood, fiber, mosaic and glass craft and pottery.

“The market seems to be growing because people have a desire to support our mission and they love the venue and concept,” Jourdan said. “Our congregation is very involved in all areas from young to old. Our bake sale supports our ladies’ group. The tours of the church involve our church outreach group and our youth will be there to help vendors set up and take down vendors’ tents.   We even have some of our own people sharing their musical talent and our food concession is run by various people from the church.”

Africa Bags returns and will feature beautiful batik hand-crafted bags and aprons made by women from Malawi, Africa.

Mission team member Jennie Auble said the mission helps Last Bell Ministries, which helps orphanage graduates in the Ukraine.

“Our church has done children’s winter coat drives, vitamins, prenatal supplements and general first aid collections and housewares to help set up the homes for young women and their children in Zhytomyr, Ukraine,” Auble said. “I became directly involved earlier this summer when I went on a mission trip to Zhytomyr with Sue Jourdan. We volunteered at Last Bell English Camp for orphan graduates (from) June 7 (to) June 17. The experience was amazing because the orphans were so appreciative of our team to have the opportunity to learn basic English and also experience caring adults who spent time with them, made crafts, played games and became their friends.”