Wicomico Parish Church knitters will offer fashionable creations at the Wicomico Parish Church Market Day. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon October 7 on the church grounds, 5191 Jessie Ball DuPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.
Two years ago Candy Terry, retired owner of The Bay Window yarn shop and Gayle Hudnall, a lefty who taught herself to knit 50 years ago, felt a need to match their passion with service. Under the leadership of these two women, along with Janet Pawlukiewicz, a fellow parishioner, the group has grown to 15 members with over 300 years of combined knitting experience. The group’s mission marries a passion to knit with its desire to help others.
On market day, two hand-knit artisan shawls will be raffled. Other textile wraps and pocket-sized prayer shawl cards also will be for sale. The cards have a comforting message intended to let recipients know they are in the senders’ thoughts.
Last year the knitters donated over 60 handmade hats to the Angel Tree Project.
“I find knitting to be meditative and therapeutic, but best of all I know the end products benefit others,” said Terry.
Quite often Hudnall will work on four or five projects simultaneously. The success of last year’s hat project inspired them to expand the knitting mission to include the shawl and card venture.
Wicomico Parish Market Day continues to serve as a reminder of days past and the fun of a local church market. The event will feature freshly baked goods, homemade gourmet foods, artisans, used books, toys, tools, boat equipment, lawn items and great finds in linen, silver, furniture and decorative accessories. A silent auction often includes art, vacation rentals, boats and trailers. Market Day vendors will include Garner’s Produce, Ditchley Cider Works, Nancy Krogh’s Honey, The Health Nut, Cora’s Crab Cakes and Cinnamon Buns, and the Northern Neck Native Plant Society with Sassafras Farms.
The church will be open for Church guided tours. Established in 1647, the church has been an important piece of Virginia’s colonial heritage and by 1771 was the largest in the Commonwealth. Over the centuries notable hands have woven an interesting story to be heard.
A few of the non-profit groups supported by the Church are area fire and rescue units, The Interfaith Council, The Link, The Haven, The Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic, Meals on Wheels, Gleamers and Blenders, the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck and the Northumberland Family YMCA.