Xi Nu turns 25

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The ladies of the Xi Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi look good for 25, that is 25 years of craft fairs.
Their silver anniversary takes place Saturday, with their 25th annual craft fair at Crossroads Bible Church, located near the Los Alamos Airport.
The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. event will have shoppers glowing in the warmth of shopping locally and helping small-based businesses as the holiday season approaches.
This year, the ladies, under the direction of Cathy Shisler, have more than 50 booths lined up.
Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase with the help of Kenny’s North Carolina Barbecue, along with coffee, fresh baked goods and a few healthy items thrown in, compliments of the sorority members.
Perhaps the best value of the day is the $1 raffle ticket or six tickets for $5 that gives shoppers (even those not present) the chance to win one of more than 50 items contributed by vendors.
Of course the most prized item of the day is a handmade quilt, by Xi Nu member Alice Garcia that has been in the works for a year and a half. The hand made quilt is in celebration of their silver anniversary and reflects silver nods throughout the slightly-larger-than-king-sized artistic snowman endeavor.
The 14-member chapter works hard to ensure shopper and vendor satisfaction, with raffle items given out every 30 minutes. Those that win will receive their items by special delivery.
“The kinds of vendors that we are having this year include jewelry, knitwear, scarves, pottery, tin work, handmade wooden rosaries, quilts, fabric arts, wood work, fleece items, ceramics, handmade soaps, Christmas ornaments, photography, hand blown glass sun catchers, candles, cards, booties, farolitos, baby items, wood and stone inlay boxes, religious articles, doll clothes, fetishes, cookbooks,” Shisler said.
The vendors are from all over New Mexico including; Jemez Springs, Española, Santa Fe, Belen, Tijeras, Ponderosa, Taos, Santa Cruz, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Alamos and even Flagstaff, Ariz.
One vendor, Stephen Baca, creates ax heads from river stones that he collects. Baca then creates the wooden handle for each ax.
According to Shisler, Baca won Best of Show at the Annual Española Valley Arts Festival this year.
Baca is also known for his pottery, using the traditional method of firing the pottery that makes the Santa Clara Pueblo famous.
The Xi Nu ladies are known for their fun-filled gathering, where old friends can gather and mingle throughout the facility, listening to holiday music and helping local businesses grow.
The ladies in turn donate the money raised to a variety of local, state and national programs.
For more information or to purchase raffle tickets (if unable to attend the event), call Xi Nu at 672-4089.