RECIPE FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT:
1 EMPTY ROOM
+ LOTS OF HARDWORKING VOLUNTEERS
x CRAFTSPEOPLE = 2008 HICKMAN COUNTY ARTS, CRAFTS, BOOK & FOOD FAIR.
(See related stories on the Hickman County Museum, Missy Jenkins, Bill Cunningham and Kentucky Pecans)
Left to right: Linda Ward, Willis Ward and Dorothy Nell Harper. The Wards are master woodworkers. Willis works on furniture. Linda creates and designs woodcrafts whose colors depend on the woods she chooses for their parts. That makes each piece one of a kind.
Dorothy Nell Harper has four books of poetry in print. She started publishing in her mid eighties and is still writing at ninety. In addition to her homespun poetry that is based in her life as a farm wife and mother, she is a master fudge maker, church pianist and cultivator of hummingbirds.
Deena Pitman is a rare bird nowadays. She is an accomplished seamstress who brought her sewing machine to the Fair to personalize her customers' purchases. Some of Deena's purses can be seen over her pretty helper's shoulder.
Randal and Sharon Mullins' of Cathouse Studios pose with their newest great grandchild. Randal and Sharon work in wood, creating scuptures and three dimensional wall art.
Circuit Judge Tim Langford traded his black robe for a merchant's shirt to sell pecan gifts from his wife's Kentucky Kernel Pecans. (See Ivan's related story on pecans)Next to Tim is Cherry Pyron, the world's greatest multi-tasker. Cherry oversaw the kitchen at the Fair and helped sell pecans.
In red sweater, Hickman County Extension Agent, Melissa Goodman and son (who looks like he wants to sample first, pay later!). Melissa was also multi-tasking- the Hickman County Homemakers were selling their new cookbook at the Fair.
These young ladies are shopping at Lisa Schraw's papercrafts booth. It looks like Mom is saying, "C'mon, girls, make up your minds!"
Julie Morgan's jewelry cannot get justice from a photo. Julie and her sister in law both make necklaces and bracelets. They are beautiful and affordable- and made right in our own backyard.
Below: Denise Berryhill of Berryhill Farms sells herbs and mixes and soothing potions. Berryhill Farms has an herb sale every spring offering herbs to get the garden off to a great start. Denise is also a murals painter - in her spare time. Danny Whitlock's pottery and Sue Whitlock's wreathes were brisk sellers. (No, they are not kinfolk).
That's it. It's just a taste of the offerings of local craft. There was more, much more. Come first Saturday of December 2009 and shop for yourself.