Margaret Yates, Executive Director of the DeSoto Arts Council and artist Janice Kennedy, shown displaying her self-titled work 'Red Door' are among the organizers of the annual Yuletide shopping extravaganza set for Nov. 12.

Robert Long|DTT

That holiday magic that abounds during the Christmas season will be in plentiful supply at the annual Red Door Market, which is slated during the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House on Nov. 12.

The special shopping experience offers unique handmade gifts and an array of more than 35 talented local artists offering beautiful, handcrafted items including jewelry, fine art, pottery, culinary delights, wood working, handwoven items, bath and beauty products, rustic home decor, handbags, candles, kitchen towels, vintage style aprons, children's clothing, birdhouses, wire art, holiday decor such as wreaths and candles, glass and handmade wooden spoons that have become collector's items.

"It's our biggest fund raiser for DAC," said Cindy Gordon with the DeSoto Arts Council. "Last year, we had close to 1,000 people."

The Red Door Market has a rich tradition, which dates back nearly a decade.

The Red Door Market's biggest booster is Pam Turman, an Akron, Ohio native who fell in love with the Mid-South and the abundance of local craftsmen and top shelf handcrafted items.

Several years ago, Turman began hosting the annual Red Door reception inside her historic Hernando home, located at 161 W. Northern Street.

The reception, which gives Red Door enthusiasts a sneak peek at the holiday offerings at that next day's market, will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

"We just want the public to come in and enjoy everything that we have to offer," said Margaret Yates, Executive Director of the DeSoto Arts Council.

While the Red Door Market itself, to be held at One Memphis Street, is free and open to the public, tickets to the opening night reception at the Turman home are $20 each.

The Red Door Reception is being held at the Turman home, which will be decorated festively for the occaasion.

"About 10 years ago, I sold my products at the Red Door Market," Turman said. "At that time, we had it at the Banks Mansion and we had more than 21 vendors from all over the place. Last year, we had more than 38 vendors, with more than 32 inside at One Memphis Street. We have vendors from all over the place — Hernando, Lake Cormorant, Millington, Bartlett, Oxford and Eupora."

Turman said there are craftsman like Dan Hall of Eupora, who has handcrafted his famous crooked spoons that will be for sale. Hall has quite a following, according to Turman.

"You won't find anything here that you could find in a catalogue," Turman said. "We have jewelry made out of wood, gemstones and leather. There will be an artist who can paint watercolor portraits of families. Come shop — it's wonderful. We have candles, soap, ornaments, and painted cigar boxes. This event not only helps support local artists and artisans but it can help people find that perfect Christmas gift."

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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