Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Little Arts & Crafts, A Little History

With temperatures in the 70s, blue skies and lots of sunshine, our day in Lee, MA, was our first show without rain. Handmade in the Park is a small craft event sponsored by the Berkshire Made group and takes place on a small green plot of land in the center of town and in front of the First Congregational Church. Built in 1857, the church is an historical landmark and was offering tours that day.

Bethany took advantage of the tour with a guide that takes you behind the huge organ, to where the clock is manually wound, and then up the rickety, narrow stairs to the tower. The last leg of this climb is on wooden beams. The space is too narrow for stairs.

View from the steeple. That's our tent next to the parking lot.

There were members of the Artisans of Western Mass. who came in support of the Berkshire group. Karen of Moon and Sundries brought her colorful bags and wallets.

Katie displayed her glass jewelry and her welded steel sculptures.
ABT Creations and Atoms At Work were also there.

Once again we were situated across from a wonderful artist. Janet McKinstry's bags are made of salvaged tapestry and upholstery materials and are wonderfully designed. She has also authored a children's book, ROSIE & FRIENDS, that she and her father illustrated.

My friends at Umass Library should check out Lynette Cornwell's website, Novel Idea. She makes purses out of book covers! She tries to select books on a variety of subjects. For the person who loves classic literature there's a Jane Eyre novel purse. If you need a gift for someone who teaches German, she has that too.

Our booth was located next to the water fountain. I found the sound of the running water to be soothing. Only later did I find out that this fountain was carved by Daniel Chester French, the same person who created the Lincoln Memorial.

Thanks to April, Mary, and all the folks at Berkshire Made for a well organized event and the great weather they provided.

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