Organizer Deborah Phillips announced today that The Old Cotton Gin has hit full capacity for its upcoming event, “A Farmers Christmas At The Old Cotton Gin,” on Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am – 4pm in Warrenton NC. The new, free for the whole family, annual event, “A Farmers Christmas” was conceived to combine end-of-season local farmers’ meats and produce with North Carolina artists, artisans and crafters with children’s attractions, resulting in a family-oriented shopping experience during the pre-Thanksgiving weekend. “We wanted to capitalize on the historic nature of Warrenton and The Old Cotton Gin in creating a festival that would appeal to everyone and provide a wonderful selling/buying environment for artists, crafters and customers alike, ” said Phillips.

In addition to Warren County crafters, the event will bring in artists/artisan and craft vendors and attendees from an 18-County-wide area as part of the greater effort to “revitalize” historic Warrenton. Only actual hand-made-in-North Carolina items or antiques from brick and mortar establishments are permitted. “We’ve been gratified at the response … over 60 vendor spaces are now filled with the most wonderful artists, artisans and true crafters,” said Phillips. “We will be offering a Baby Animal Farm hosted by Wildwood Learning Farm of Hollister and also Lori Day Clark, a Gold-Medal Storyteller, will present tales for the children in period costume accompanied by period instruments every hour on the half hour.”

The vendor offerings will range from local meats and produce to fine art, needle and textile crafts, pottery, leather and wood crafts, mosaics, pet products and herb crafts, soaps and personal care products, jewelry, clothing for the whole family, photography, ornaments, toys and dolls, fairy gardens, quilling, decoys, candles, caning and antiques. Many crafts will be demonstrated. In addition, there will be food, beverages and artisan baked goods offered.

There will be a raffle to benefit Working Landscapes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build more sustainable livelihoods in the Warren County, NC region through stewardship of our natural and cultural assets. Their emphasis on rebuilding food systems through local agriculture and education through the school system’s food programs are so important to Warrenton’s health, business and sense of community. Each vendor has been asked to contribute something to the raffle prize. For example, vendor Five Oaks Beef has contributed a $25 Gift Certificate for its fabulous meats.

The Old Cotton Gin is a “new” event venue in Warrenton. Purchased by Anne and Tommy Satterwhite in 2014, the couple has spent four years renovating the property’s two buildings and adjacent grounds to its now charming and restored historic state, filled with period nostalgia and antiques. “I have vivid memories of going to The Gin as a small child with my father to deliver bales of cotton,” said local farmer Jeff Bender. “It is wonderful that they have done this for our town.”


Deborah Phillips 252-879-0022

Anne and Tommy Satterwhite 919-417-6841

Warrenton NC 27589

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