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Fall Old Court Days

Vendors to converge on courthouse
at Fall Old Court Days

McClure sells his handmade jewelry pieces
at area shows

Fall Old Court Days

• 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27-29, in Madison, Ind. 
•  Presented by the Pilot Club of Madison
• Information: Visit www.pilotclubofmadison.com

(September 2019) – Producing quality jewelry at a reasonable price is the goal of Shawn McClure, owner of the Goose and Gander Co. While visiting a craft fair in Friendship, Ind., a few years ago, he discovered hematite bracelets. They were advertised as a way to reduce blood pressure and relieve arthritis. He was skeptical about the claims, but McClure, 46, thought it was worth a try.
“I never thought anything like a bracelet could lower my blood pressure or relieve my arthritis pain,” said the Scottsburg, Ind., resident. “Sure enough, my blood pressure went down, and my arthritis pain eased after wearing the bracelet.”
He was hooked – not just on hematite, but also on the challenge of making the jewelry himself.
McClure is one of many vendors who will be setting up around the Jefferson County, Ind., Courthouse in Madison for Fall Old Court Days, a craft festival planned for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29.

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Shawn McClure of Scottsburg, Ind., displays some of the jewelry he makes and sells at Old Court Days.

The show will take place simultaneously with the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art. Old Court Days is the primary fundraiser for The Pilot Club of Madison. The vendor booths feature crafts, antiques and collectibles, plus a variety of specialized food vendors.
McClure studied the magnetic effects of hematite as well as the healing properties of semiprecious stones. Now he makes jewelry with hematite plus birthstones, zodiac signs and other hand painted designs. His macramé bracelets are all done by hand, with gemstones knotted into the designs. Large gemstones are wire-wrapped by hand for necklaces.
McClure also became interested in all-natural soaps after he noticed that commercial soaps irritated his skin. He investigated the benefits of using natural soaps and began making homemade soap in addition to the jewelry. McClure said people are concerned about using chemicals on their skin because the skin absorbs those chemicals. The old-fashioned soap is made with lard, lye and essential oils. It is a very good moisturizing soap. His coconut oil-based soap generates the most lather. It is also scented with various essential oils.
He uses no artificial ingredients or colors in the homemade soaps. Sugar scrubs are another popular skin-care product. Real cane sugar combined with vitamin E oil, safflower and grape seed oils are used for these products that are scented with essential oils. McClure said the sugar exfoliates the skin, which allows the skin to absorb the softening oils.

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Tracie Heveline poses with her fall decoration items.

The fall festival will be his second show. He is setting up two booths, one for jewelry and one for soap.  McClure said he has met a lot of interesting people who have helped him and shared ideas with him. “We met many really good people at the Spring Old Court Days and we are looking forward to this fall show.”
Tracie Heveline of Bedford, Ky., also is participating as a vendor in the Fall Old Court Days. Her booth features country themed items such as welcome signs, scarecrows, antique-style items made from barn boards and some primitive furniture. She also sells metal sunflowers to brighten garden landscapes and antique-style tubs and buckets for fall chrysanthemums.
“Most of the items are handmade, just not by me,” Heveline said. She attends wholesale shows of vendors selling homemade and other crafts. Her booths represent her curated selections. Heveline and her husband, Greg, operate Bedford Hardware Plus, located in Bedford. She had noticed that many decorative and gift items were not available in the small town.
She started purchasing those types of items and featuring them in one area of the store. Due to popular demand, she has enlarged that area of the store. She has now expanded to doing a few festivals as well. This will be her second year at Old Court Days. 
The Pilot Club of Madison was chartered in 1973. The proceeds of Old Court Days provide local scholarships, iPads for the Madison State Hospital and support for many local charities. After attending the Pilot International Convention in Chicago recently, Elsie Perry Payne, local club president, said, “It was exciting to realize that Pilots are making a difference in our local communities and also around the world.”
The club meets the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at The Clearinghouse. Interested men and women are welcome to attend. The club also sponsors The Anchor Club at Madison Consolidated High School to work with and mentor future leaders in service projects. Founded in 1921, the name Pilot Club was inspired by riverboat pilots who represented leadership and guidance. The club encourages brain safety and health (“Brainminders”) and supporting those who care for others (“Pick Me Ups”).

For more information, contact Payne at (812) 701-1903
or email her at: elsie373@cinergymetro.net.

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