Meet One of Aiken's Makin's First Volunteers
Alberta (Al) Payne wasn’t sure if Aiken was ready for a craft show 34 years ago, but like so many volunteers, she gave her all for the cause. To her surprise, the show was a resounding success and was the beginning of an annual community tradition that takes place every September.
When Aiken’s Makin’ celebrated its 30th year in 2006, Payne had this to say:
“I have always been extremely pleased with the success of Aiken’s Makin’. The popular show brings a lot of local and regional talent. When I was first asked to help with the event that first year, I wasn’t sure if Aiken was ready for a craft show, but I soon learned that it was. I am amazed at how the show has grown.”
Payne served as Aiken’s Makin’s first year co-chair, along with Jo Lambert. Some may know her more for her “Dough-Si-Dough” Christmas ornaments, which she sold at the festival for 25 years.
Today, visitors to Aiken’s Makin’ can still purchase “Dough-Si-Dough” ornaments. Payne’s daughter, Amy Potts, carries on the tradition and will have a booth at this year’s show. And so will her daughter (Payne’s granddaughter), Laura Torres, who will be selling her custom designed and made jewelry.