Crafty ex­cur­sion

Ven­dors at ca­pac­ity for 29th faire

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570628-6002

In an ef­fort to drive funds to local or­ga­ni­za­tions’ re­serves, a group with cre­ativ­ity in mind will be hold­ing an art-cen­tric get-to­gether, invit­ing folks to “Come to the Coun­try” this week­end in west­ern Schuylkill County. The 29th an­nual He­gins Val­ley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur­day at He­gins Park, Stutz­man Drive and Park Lane. Park­ing will be $2 and ben­e­fits the He­gins Park As­so­ci­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Kathryn Otto, who does the ad­ver­tis­ing for the event and has been in­volved in it for 27 of the 29 years. Only ser­vice dogs will be al­lowed, she said, adding the faire will be held rain or shine. “We have been most for­tu­nate” in terms of weather, Otto said. “In 28 years, it has never been to­tally can­celed.” The ex­hi­bi­tion will “have over 200 se­lected crafts­man from Penn­syl­va­nia and nearby states, and we have a few that will be demon­strat­ing some of there ware as well as dis­play­ing their finest work,” Otto said. “There’s also a de­li­cious va­ri­ety of foods pre­pared for all palates.” Again at ca­pac­ity of 230 art ven­dors, the gather­ing, with a DJ play­ing mu­sic all day, will feature a cou­ple new art forms, in­clud­ing string art, where nails ham­mered into wood act as pegs for strands of string or yarn to criss-cross; gar­den art, “uti­liz­ing plates and vases and bowls to cre­ate gar­den or­na­ments,” Otto said; hand­made stained-glass jew­elry; hand­painted glass wares; and wine cork place­mats and trays. In ad­di­tion to in­di­vid­ual items sold by crafters, the com­mit­tee will be raf­fling off art bas­kets. Tick­ets will be for sale through­out the day, and raf­fle win­ners will start be­ing an­nounced around 1 p.m., Otto said. “You get some­thing for each craft per­son, and they sort of make them into theme bas­kets. Maybe it would be a bas­ket with kitchen items, or a bas­ket with crafty items, or a bas­ket with food items. So, they try to cor­re­late a theme with each bas­ket,” she added. Although the faire be­gins at 9 a.m., prior to the start will be a break­fast, served at the eat­ing house at 7 a.m., Otto said. Top­ping last year’s count, there will be about 40 food ven­dors, she said. The com­mit­tee also looks to con­tinue its streak of top­ping the pre­vi­ous year’s amount of pro­ceeds; in 2017, they do­nated $14,800, up about $800 from 2016. In the 28 years it has been held, the group do­nated a whop­ping $238,189. De­spite hav­ing ven­dors from out­side the area and even the state, those pro­ceeds stay right at home and ben­e­fit myr­iad He­gins area or­ga­ni­za­tions. Although more groups can be added to the do­na­tion list, last year they in­cluded: Tri-Val­ley Pool; Trin­ity Lutheran Day Care; Tri-Val­ley Char­i­ties; Sacra­mento Fire Com­pany; Light Up The Town; He­gins Park As­so­ci­a­tion; He­gins Am­bu­lance As­so­ci­a­tion; He­gins Val­ley Fire and Res­cue; TriVal­ley Food Closet; Tri-Val­ley Free Pub­lic Li­brary; Christ­mas Out­reach; Lit­tle Bless­ings Day Care; and Val­ley View Park As­so­ci­a­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion about the He­gins Val­ley Arts & Crafts Faire, call 570-6829541 or 570-682-8181, or visit the faire’s page on Face­book.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

The an­nual He­gins Val­ley Arts & Crafts Faire draws myr­iad crowds and a va­ri­ety of ven­dors year af­ter year. This year’s event has sold out all 230 ven­dor spots.A va­ri­ety of food ven­dors set up stands for the day at the an­nual craft faire, from beef sand­wiches and soft pret­zels to fresh­squeezed lemon­ade and homemade sweet iced tea.

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