Craft show had something for everyone


First Posted: 4/16/2014

The 27th Annual Spring Craft Show to benefit the Lake-Lehman Band program featured a Chinese auction, homemade baked goods and cafeteria lunch items. There was also a variety of crafts for sale, such as beaded jewelry, gift items, folk art, soaps, doll clothes and gift items.

Kathryn Gregory, former Lake-Lehman junior high school Geology professor, brought her handcrafted jewelry made from precious gemstones such as freshwater pearl, amber, turquoise and opal. Gregory retired from the school district in 2004 and has traveled all over the U.S. to collect gemstones for her crafts. This year was her 12th year at the show.

New Ransom resident Margaret Colville displayed necklaces, bracelets and scarves made from ribbon. She also brought handmade lollipops which featured flavors such as cotton candy, green apple, pina colada, banana, grape, cappuccino and butter rum.

Lisa and Terry Wildoner, of Courtdale, participated in the show for the first time. Lisa brought crocheted blankets, booties, hats and knitted scarves, products of a hobby she began during a previous hospital stay. In the past, she crocheted blanket and sweater sets whenever a baby was born into her family. Her husband, Terry, contributed his handcrafted wooden works, such as cemetery and mausoleum crosses, birdfeeders and lawn ornaments. The Wildoners plan to return to the school’s fall show.

Sarah Konopka attended the show for the first time. The Plains resident has been making the fleece blankets, throws and doll blankets at home for the past nine years and decided to join the show this year.

Steve Kania, of “Kania’s Kreations” in Carbondale, was another first-time participant. He displayed crocheted sweaters, shawls, towels, baby layette sets, barefoot beach sandals and fingerless mittens. Kania described the mittens as being appropriate for “texters” as the fingers are not confined to the glove.

Michelle Valenti, of Exeter, has attended the show for the past four years and brought an assortment of gourmet homemade cookies from her home-based business, Café Valenti.

The Lake-Lehman Theatre Group manned a stand for the first year. Eight students from the group made items such as soap scrubs, pony tail bows, goat’s milk soap, plastic bracelets and mini soaps. Maureen Koury said the group not only hoped to raise funds, but also to gain publicity for its upcoming production, “Wonderland.”

Jaime Silva, of Hanover Township, was accompanied by her husband, Garret, and her sister, Kimberly Amato, and displayed homemade lollipops in chocolate and vanilla along with pretzels dipped in chocolate. Deviled eggs, Easter peeps, race cars, Legos and mustaches lollipops, all made from chocolate, were all available. Silva began making candy 10 years ago as a hobby and this was her third appearance at the craft show.

The school’s fall craft show will be held the week before Thanksgiving and will feature a fall and holiday theme.

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