Scarf sale benefits school

SOMONAUK — Festive designer scarves are Somonauk Christian School’s latest fundraiser and have arrived in time for holiday gifting.

The scarves are on display at the Country Emporium, 32 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich.

“The scarves are so beautiful, we couldn’t resist them,” Country Emporium owners Jim and Carol Long said. “Besides, two of our grandchildren attended Somonauk Christian, so it seemed like the right thing to do to help them on this venture.”

Country Emporium holiday store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Carol Long said the Sandwich Country Emporium is the third location for their business.  Other Emporiums were in Leland and in Somonauk.

“We’ve been in Sandwich almost two years now,” she said. The store handles new, antique and gently-used personal and household items. It is brimming with holiday décor at moderate prices. A portion of the Emporium’s profits are given to Harvest Chapel’s food pantry.

Long said she started the business upon her retirement from Western Electric and Jim’s retirement from Caterpillar.

“I just got tired of sitting,” she smiled, but Jim had a different slant.

“Truth is, it was kinda hard getting along with her before we opened the store,” Jim Long joked.

The scarf fundraiser is a first for the area and features neck apparel donated by San Francisco needlecraft artist Lois Larsen. Larsen recently visited the Sandwich area and offered to donate her designs to the school for a fundraiser for the holiday season.

“The scarves are hot sellers in the (San Francisco) Bay area. One of my vendors said that clients buy them right off the necks of people sporting them and we can’t make them fast enough,” Larsen laughed. “I have a great-niece and nephew who attend SCS and I’m pleased to be able to help.”

Each scarf is hand-made and some are one-of-a kind. They are fashioned from various textures and threads in styles for every spirit – from flairs of lacy strings, simple angoras and flamboyant golds, silvers and coppers that are perfect for holiday glitz. Every color imaginable can be found.

Larsen was equally excited about the color combinations. “Neck wear is simply the hottest item when it comes to holiday attire. Jewelry has certainly taken a back seat this season.”

“While many of these scarves sell upwards of $50 in the California bay community, scarves for the SCS sale are reasonably priced from $10 to $30,” SCS representative Amy Engstrom said. “We’d really like to thank the Country Emporium for opening their doors to our school for this fundraiser.”

Somonauk Christian School is at 315 E. North St.

For information on SCS or the scarf fundraiser, contact the school at 815-498-2313 or email to or call the Country Emporium at 815-786-3017.

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