Craft shops plan to show off wares NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

November 19, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer Judy Reilly contributed to this article.

Holiday shoppers looking for gifts this weekend could find some deals at New Windsor's Open House Friday through Sunday.

Several stores in and around the town will participate in the three-day festival, providing snacks and entertainment for those looking for handcrafted and specialty items.

"It's going to be a very interesting weekend," said Micki Smith, co-owner of Smith, Beggs, & Belnap, a handmade goods store. "We have several merchants participating and are looking forward to a large turnout."

The annual event began six or seven years ago when two New Windsor residents decided that the town needed an event to show off itself and its growing number of craft shops, Ms. Smith said.

This year, eight shops will allow visitors to browse, buy crafted goods and get a glimpse of small-town life.

"We don't have 50 people in here at one time, but we get a constant, steady stream of people," said Mark Cherry, whose store Rustic Furniture in Marston sells items he makes from tree limbs.

Customs Last Stand, an imported goods shop his wife, Carolyn, operates, will join other craft stores in celebrating their creations.

"We wanted to make available high-quality stuff from good people that we could afford ourselves," Mr. Cherry said.

Everything the Cherrys sell is made without electricity.

Ms. Cherry's Peruvian wares -- from handmade clothing and jewelry to blankets crafted from hand-spun wool -- will sell at half price.

"It's getting difficult get the things in because of the trouble in South America," said Ms. Cherry, who works part time in the county library system. "So I've decided to sell everything I have and devote more time to making my own handcrafted items and selling Mark's furniture."

More than 300 people went through the the Cherrys' stores last year. This year, they will host demonstrations by Mr. Cherry, master blade maker and blacksmith Gary Anderson, gargoyle maker John Bottomley, chain-saw artist Gary White and sculptor Jo Israelson. Visitors will be able to talk to the artists.

Other participating shops are: Five Daughters, Maple Avenue and High Street; Boxwood Antiques, Main Street; International Gift Shop, New Windsor Service Center, Main Street; Art in Glass, Church Street; and the K&B Corner Restaurant, Main Street.

The Open House runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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