Sandhills Women's Exchange Spotlight & Grant Announcement

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December 13, 2018

Pinehurst, NC – The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, opened this fall for the 96th year as a non-profit organization.  Founded in 1922 and only one of 20 Woman’s Exchanges remaining in the U.S., the concept of ‘Helping others help themselves’ was initiated.  At that time, many farm women needed a place to sell their handmade wares for additional family income.  However, in the cabin gift shop today, there are over 55 artisans, both men and women.  Artisans present their unique items for a price they receive but also include a portion for cabin upkeep.     
New at the Exchange this holiday season is a special ‘Artisan Spotlight’ program.  Lisa Richman is the subject of this inaugural poster and story about her talents as visitors enter the cabin.  Read the story of just why we call her the ‘purple squirrel.’  Her Bhramari Bee’ds earrings are enticing and set at a modest price point.  Accomplished writer Ron Rhody compiled the story and Blair Coleman was the photographer/creative artwork.  Both are local residents and volunteer members of the Communications Team at the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange. The cabin closes for the winter on December 21.  Reopening in February, two other artisans will be spotlighted on a bi-monthly basis. 

The Exchange has recently been awarded a $16,000 grant from the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation. Mrs. Covington’s lifelong passion was North Carolina historic preservation. The Exchange cabin’s deteriorating conditions met the requirements necessary to win the award. Vice-President Kathleen Causey has worked with the foundation for 18 months to secure these funds due to the cabin’s dire need for repairs and upgrades. 
 While closed for winter break, the cabin’s entire electrical system will be upgraded. The costs incurred attempting to heat and cool an uninsulated cabin has been the primary reason for the cabin closing in summer and winter.  With recent donations, the Board has made the decision to move forward with upgrading the ancient HVAC system at the same time the electrical work is being done in order to save on installation costs. The cabin will receive new Mitsubishi split-packs which will both heat and cool the entire cabin.  We are extremely thankful for our donations and Pinehurst Homes who have greatly reduced their costs to help save our historical 1810 cabin for future generations to enjoy.  Members and the public are gratefully asked to consider donating to this fund through the website – www.sandhillswe.org
The cabin is open Tuesdays through Saturdays for this fall season from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers are always welcome to help serve as a waitress, gift shop cashier or kitchen helper. Interested volunteers and To-Go orders may be made by calling 910-295-4677.  Check out our new menu on FACEBOOK and our website www.sandhillswe.org
Judie Wiggins, Communications Team