Market offers Olde Tyme Dutch treat Penny candy and wagon rides

July 16, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market will return to a former era with Olde Tyme Days from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

"It's a kind of customer appreciation day, something I thought of at another market 10 years ago and got some real good response on," said Dan Esh, market owner. "We appreciate the customers coming in, and we want to do something back for them."

Among the highlights:

* Penny candy, 5-cent watermelon and 25-cent hot dogs.

* Free drawings for a handmade quilt, porcelain doll, wood-carved nutcracker, music box and other prizes.

* Entertainment by Elvis impersonator Kevin Michael and a number of bands, plus covered wagon rides.

* Demonstrations of handicrafts.

A group known as the Buckskinners, who wear only handmade

clothing, will set up a tepee behind the Crossroads Shopping Center.

"Everything they wear is handmade, even down to their underwear," Mr. Esh said with a laugh. "Even the buttons are made out of bones."

WLIF radio personality Dick Ireland will put in an appearance from noon to 2 p.m. today and WHVR radio will announce the drawing winners tomorrow afternoon.

Those who enjoy dressing up in styles of bygone days are invited to come in costume to the market and have their picture taken for an Olde Tyme Costume contest. Winners will be announced tomorrow before 4 p.m.

Businesses in the market will be offering demonstrations, specially priced items or some fun activity for shoppers both days, Mr. Esh said.

As he does every week, Lee Anske will be carving wooden figurines and other items. You name it, he'll carve it. "I carve by order, or try to," he said.

One of his biggest items is a soldier nutcracker, which he carved at the Smithsonian Institute's Christmas festival for eight years. The Sykesville resident said he learned wood carving at a German art school and now operates the Yankee Chipper, his stall in the farmer's market.

Millie Thomas runs the Shepherd's Mill, spinning Lincoln rams' wool and Corriedale sheep wool into shawls and other items. She'll demonstrate wool weaving and spinning on her loom in the rear of the market.

The Broadbecks, Pa., woman also sells wool batting for quilts and gives lessons in the art of weaving.

Creative Expressions offers a variety of porcelain dolls, antique reproduction dolls and clothes. Sandy Hohne and Pat Yingling are donating a Byelo Baby antique doll to the market's free drawing, Ms. Hohne said.

"We make porcelain dolls and fix old dolls and sell collectible dolls," Ms. Hohne, of Westminster, said. "We sell doll clothes, shoes, wigs and accessories and we teach doll-making on Thursday nights."

The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer's Market also features fresh meats, produce and delicatessen, along with other crafts, furniture and clothing.

The market is on Route 140 on the east side of Route 97, Westminster. Information: 751-9000.

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