Face to Face: Basehor craft show leader Pam Maughmer

Pam Maughmer, chair of the Alpha Delta Kappa Craft Show at Basehor-Linwood High School. Enlarge photo

October 27, 2015

Name: Pam Maughmer

Birthplace: Shakopee, Minn., but she moved to Topeka when she was 3.

Family: Husband, Glen, and two grown sons, Cameron and Lee

Occupation: Pam is in her first year as early childhood special education teacher at Tonganoxie Elementary School, though she previously taught 26 years in the Basehor-Linwood school district.

Dream job as a child: A nun.

“As a child, we went to a Catholic grade school for eight years, and I was going to be a nun,” she said. “When I was in college, I was interested in autism and wanted to do something to work with children with special needs, so I worked my way around to becoming a teacher.”

Hobbies: Reading and collecting bells and snowmen.

“I love to decorate for the holidays,” she said. “People kept giving me snowmen, and I got to the point where I could decorate entirely with the snowmen. So now I put up the Christmas decorations in December and I put up the snowmen in January.”

She also enjoys sign language and takes part in a signing group at her church.

Digging deeper: Maughmer is now the lead organizer of the 32-year-old Alpha Delta Kappa Craft Show at Basehor-Linwood High School.

She didn’t officially join Alpha Delta Kappa, a group for those in the teaching profession, until 1999, but she has been helping out with the craft show since 1990 as part of the Basehor-Linwood Community Education group.

Having seen the ins and outs of the craft show, she knows why it is so popular. She said other craft shows may allow local vendors of national food, candle or other craft products. Everything at the ADK show is guaranteed to be made by a crafter, or they won’t be invited back.

“We make sure that all of our crafters are selling handmade items,” she said. “We jury and try to get a nice collection of different types of crafts. We don’t just want all fabrics or all wood; we’ve got a nice assortment of different items.”

And the craft show continues to draw in larger crowds and new faces; Maughmer said she seems to add about 50 new names to the craft show’s email database every year.

“We have crafters who have been with us most of those 32 years, and we have shoppers who have been shopping as many of those 32 years as they’ve been alive,” Maughmer said.

This year’s craft show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at BLHS, 2108 N. 155th St. Admission is $1 for adults, 50 cents for ages 12 and under.

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