An­nual Craft and Trade Show in Spring­dale a “paradise” away from home for crafter

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

SPRING­DALE, NL — Sherry Tay­lor of Paradise is ready to hit the road to sell her hand­i­crafts at the 32nd An­nual Craft and Trade Show at Spring­dale Sta­dium Sept. 7-9.

The event is special to her and hus­band Ralph Tay­lor be­cause it is a chance to visit with fam­ily and friends they have made over the years.

Tay­lor has been mak­ing the trip to Spring­dale for about 15 years, us­ing the an­nual show­case as a time for a hol­i­day with her sister, Fay Ride­out.

“My­self and my hus­band look for­ward to this trip to my sister’s in Spring­dale ev­ery year,” she said.

Tay­lor’s hand­made crafts in­clude ev­ery­thing from quilt­ing and sewing to wood­work and flo­ral ar­range­ments.

“I have quilts, I have place­mats and run­ners, I have cof­fee mats, I have tow­els that you hang on your oven door, and baby bibs and a few adult bibs,” she said, list­ing some of the hand­i­work she’ll be sell­ing at the show.

Her wood­work

snow­man plaques have also be­come pop­u­lar at var­i­ous craft shows over the years.

For Tay­lor, at­tend­ing the show in Spring­dale runs much deeper than mak­ing a few dol­lars to cover ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with the trip. It’s about re­con­nect­ing with peo­ple she’s met over the years, catch­ing up on what they have been do­ing, and shar­ing the joys and sor­rows they’ve en­coun­tered since the pre­vi­ous year.

“Some of the cus­tomers you’ve seen for years,” she said. “You share in the ex­cite­ment about new chil­dren that have been brought into the world. You share their sad­ness about some­one who has passed be­long­ing to them.”

Fol­low­ing the show in Spring­dale, Tay­lor will con­tinue to sell her hand­i­work at var­i­ous craft fairs through­out the prov­ince lead­ing up to Christ­mas.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion posted on­found­lan­dand­ web­site, busi­nesses and crafts peo­ple from across New­found­land and Labrador are given the op­por­tu­nity to dis­play their prod­ucts and ser­vices at the Spring­dale Craft and Trade Show. This year there will be more than 85 booths, with about 4,000 peo­ple ex­pected to at­tend.

The Tay­lors hope to con­tinue mak­ing the trip to Spring­dale for a long time.

“I’ve only got an­other four years un­til I re­tire (from my full-time job),” she said. “As long as I can do this I will do it. And I’ll en­joy it all the more when I re­tire.”

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