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.


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