Fairs to offer teddy bears, mistletoe, clay houses


November 02, 1995|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARK YOUR calendars for a round robin of craft shows. From Frizzellburg to New Windsor and on to Westminster, you'll find lovely things to admire and buy and good things to eat.

Where to start? You might want to begin your tour of crafts at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church Early Bird Christmas Show.

This one is a perennial favorite, with flower arrangements by Trudy Jo Snader of New Windsor and teddy bears and other fanciful crafts by Nikki Alban of Pennsylvania.

The rooms, upstairs and down, will be filled with things that have been crafted by hand by area artists. All items are priced to sell -- good news for the budget-minded.

Regina Roop, chairwoman of the event, will sell House of Lloyd items and Christmas Around the World crafts. Mrs. Roop plans to donate all profits from her booth to the church's stained-glass window project.

The women of the church will prepare homemade soups, sandwiches, mince pies and desserts.

All proceeds benefit the United Church Women's missionary obligations and other church programs.

The Early Bird Christmas Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the church at 200 Main St.

Tables are available to sell crafts.

Table space rents for $1, then renters donate 10 percent of their profits to the church. Information: 635-2519.

Antiques and bears

Leave New Windsor and head for Frizzellburg, where Laura Turner has her 15th annual Teddy Bear Christmas. Crafts people from around the region will offer handmade crafts, from Christmas ornaments to keepsake dolls and bears.

The show is held in Mrs. Turner's restored home in Frizzellburg, which will be decorated like a Currier and Ives print.

Mrs. Turner's new antiques shop, the Frizellburg Antique Store, will be open concurrently with the Teddy Bear show, so you'll be able to browse through the rooms for items that make unusual holiday gifts for friends and family.

Dates and times for the Teddy Bear Christmas: noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 10-12. Information: 875-2859.

Hours for the Frizellburg Antique Store: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Monday. Information: 848-0664.

For both, park behind the store at 1090 Old Taneytown Road and walk to both the store and the show.

Mistletoe crafts

Two popular Northwest professional crafts people will feature their work at the annual Mistletoe Mart, to be held at Ascension Episcopal Church at 25 N. Court St. in Westminster.

Taneytown resident Laura Wailes will show and sell the specialty item of her Thistledown Farm pottery -- hand-sculpted clay houses.

Mrs. Wailes, who has been working in clay since her teen-age years and owned her own craft business for the past 10, does craft shows throughout the region, but says the Mistletoe Mart is her favorite.

Mrs. Wailes' clay houses, churches and barns are inspired by the architecture of rural Carroll County. She drives around the county, stopping to sketch a building, then returns to her studio to create in clay what she has seen.

This year, Mrs. Wailes is making more Victorian houses and different kinds of barns, complete with details such as snakes, cows and hornets' nests. The highly decorative pieces are functional, too -- they can be used as nightlights.

Mrs. Wailes' friend and colleague Nancy Anders will sell her "Color My World" painted ware at the Mistletoe Mart as well.

Mrs. Anders, a Taneytown resident, claims she'll paint "anything that sits still," and she has been pursuing her passion since the 1970s.

By day, she works for Maryland State Police as an administrative aide, but the rest of her time she devotes to painting or teaching her craft to others. "I'm really addicted to it," she said.

At the Mistletoe Mart, shoppers will find Mrs. Anders' wooden bentwood boxes, tree ornaments and kerosene heaters, all painted with a flourish.

If space allows, Mrs. Anders also will sell sleds. She strives to feature new items at each show, to please returning customers. Prices for her crafts range from $2 to $75.

The Mistletoe Mart is from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10; and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Nov. 11.

Information: 848-3251.

Senior events

Life at Taneytown Senior Center is never dull, and events planned for this month will keep you hopping, whether or not your age category is "senior."

On Tuesday, women can register for the Mobile Mammography Unit's visit to the center Nov. 20.

The service is for women 55 and older.

Also Tuesday, starting at noon, you'll have an opportunity to test new child-proof caps designed for medication containers.

Perritt Industries of Ellicott City wants as many seniors as possible to participate in the study, so they'll be at the center and let you try out their new design -- two minutes of your time is all that is required, so drop in anytime.

The center also has organized a day trip to Fairfield, Pa., for Nov. 9.

A van will leave from the center for the annual craft show at the Mennonite Church in Fairfield, which opens its sanctuary and hall to sell crafts made around the world. All proceeds from the sale benefit the church's missions.

After the craft show, day-trippers will have lunch at Hickory Bridge Farm in Fairfield; they will follow that with a visit to Willow Pond Farm for a peek at more crafts, and a possible walk through the farm's herb garden.

The trip is open to anyone who is interested, regardless of age; cost is $7 (lunch is not included), and the registration deadline is Tuesday.

Information: 751-1656.

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