By Denise Adcock
For the Tribune
Little did Julie Morgan and her husband, Rusty know when they ventured out onto the snow covered roads to attend church on a Sunday morning in 2009, that it would later lead to a small business venture. As they were traveling to church, they received a call that services had been canceled at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church.
While most people were at home trying to stay warm, Julie and Rusty decided to drive around and take in the beautiful snow covered landscape. Julie grabbed her camera from her purse and began taking pictures of the glistening scenery. She downloaded them onto her computer and shared them with some friends. Then in February of 2010, she once again ventured out into the snow and took more photos. One of Julie’s favorites is of a Red Barn with sheep huddled together in front eating and trying to stay warm.
Last fall when the Trussville Historical Society decided to host the “Everything Christmas” Arts and Crafts Show, Julie’s family and friends encouraged her to have a booth and sell reprints of her snow pictures. Everyone flocked to her booth as they recognized the local landmarks and landscape from the Trussville and Clay areas.
She is returning again this year to the “Everything Christmas” event to once again share her love of winter in her booth called “It Snowed.”
Julie will be joining other artist and crafters, according to Donnette Plant with the Trussville Historical Society. Mrs. Plant said that this year’s event is attracting vendors from near and far.
There will be everything from painted woodwork, homemade scarves, embroidered children’s clothing, as well as jewelry, wreaths and everything else that you could possibly need for decorations or gifts. They will also have vendors selling Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Velata Fun Fondue, Grace Adele handbags, Scentsy Candles and much more.
There will be performances on the stage by local schools bands, theatre groups, churches and other musicians, not to mention the thousands of twinkling lights and Christmas trees that will adorn each booth.
This year the Trussville Historical Society will be raffling four Christmas trees with gifts cards totaling $300 on each tree. Some stores that have donated gifts cards include Jim ‘N Nick’s, Old Navy, Born to Shop, Trio’s, Olive Garden, Alabama Outdoors, JC Penney, Red Lobster, Sam’s Wholesale Club, Walgreens, Learning Express Toys, Belk, Cracker Barrel, Book Rack, Seafood and Chicken Box, Gigi’s, Whoopsie Daisy, Red Robin, Best Buy and many, many others.
They will also have Alabama and Auburn baskets full of goodies and gift cards that will be raffled as well. The City of Trussville, Trussville Fire Department and the Law Offices of Brian S. Plant are helping to sponsor this year’s event.
Santa will be arriving on Saturday morning for pictures by the Principle Portrait Group and the Trussville Fire Department will be giving hot chocolate and cookies to the children who come to visit Santa.
The hours for “Everything Christmas” are Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, or, one new unwrapped toy per admission to benefit the Trussville Fire Department’s Christmas for Kid’s program. Children 12 and under are free.
For more information contact Donnette Plant at 492-8008 or Jane Alexander at 655-3144