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Rule Revised, Craft Show Returning to Perry Hall High

Organizers are looking forward to Saturday's PTSA craft and vendor show after a school board rule was revised to allow the use of school property.

Donna Gawryck can't remember the last time the was held at , but she said the last time she attended was about nine years ago.

In recent years, the longtime tradition of holding the craft show had been pushed off school property by the enforcement of a controversial county , known as Rule 1300. It previously banned third-party use of school system property, meaning parent-teacher associations and other groups could not rent table space to vendors.

Citing liability issues and the impact of events on facilities, both the and the PTSA craft show had been denied applications.

A to the rule in August, however, opened the door for the craft show to return to the high school.

"This event was very popular years ago, so we are hoping the residents of Perry Hall will support this event again," said Gawryck, who is helping to organize the show, planned for .

The response has been positive, she said, with more than 60 vendors, ranging from Avon and Pampered Chef to local seamstresses and artists, signing up to participate.

"We're not charging admisson and we're only charging $20 per space ... most places charge $75," Gawryck said.

"With the current push by many organizations to buy local and to buy American ... we are giving the Perry Hall community another place to meet those goals," she added.

The PTSA will sell food items during the event as well. A student vocal group also plans to walk the halls caroling as entertainment.

Any funds raised over the $400 costs will go toward PTSA-sponsored events and programs, she said. 

"We've set modest goals, but the more money we raise, the more we have available to help teachers and students," Gawryck said.

State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, who advocated for the rule revision, said the return of the show was a positive move on the part of the school board. 

"I'm very happy that they're able to do it," Klausmeier said. "I'm looking forward to stopping by and seeing what crafts I can get."

Towson Patch editor Tyler Waldman contributed to this report.

What types of events do you think should or should not be allowed at the school? Tell us in the comments.

Tammy December 01, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Thank you Emily for covering this! We are looking forward to a great event. Donna and Patti have worked very hard to put this together in a very short period of time.

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