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Hundreds of Crafts on Sale at Woman’s Club Arts and Crafts Fair

September 30, 2008
Forest Festival visitors can look forward to a long-standing tradition with the Woman’s Club Arts and Crafts Fair opening on Oct. 2 at the old Davis & Elkins College gymnasium. Near Elkins City Park, the three-day event will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 4.
General Chairwoman Carol Morris announced that nearly 60 crafters will be featured with several new entries. “We try to have a variety of items so no one will be disappointed. In recent years, we have added some homemade food booths because so many visitors from other places are looking for snacks. Homemade candies, cakes, cookies and suckers for the children can be found at our fair.”
Led by Sandy Godwin and Maxine Pingley, club women are joining together to make sure the craftspeople have meals while they are in Elkins. “One reason we are able to attract so many outstanding artisans is because we provide their meals through member donations. This helps assure us a successful fair each year,” Godwin said.
Most of the club’s projects are financed from fair receipts. Schools, students, community projects, women’s health, domestic violence, community beautification and support for children’s camps are just a few of the ways monies are used. “When area residents buy something at our fair, they are really giving something to improve the place we live. Through the years, our citizens have always made many purchases and in return, club members have worked hard to give volunteer services,” Betty Linger, club president, said.
Most will agree this event is a Mountain State Forest Festival highlight. “One just cannot attend the Forest Festival without going to see all the crafts. It lifts your spirits and makes you realize how much talent is part of our Mountain culture,” said one craft enthusiast.

Participants in the Show:
• Harvey McCollem, men’s hats
• Willadean McQuain, textile toys
• Paulette Moats, wood, wreaths and ornaments
• Don and Mary Ann Myers, scroll work in wildlife, country wood, snowmen and potholder towels
• John and Susan Pennington, handmade kitchen utensils and hand carved frames
• Patsy Persinger, candy and cakes
• Sue Petsche, NFL and dog items
• Ruby Phares, wood items, etc.
• Marilyn Phillips and Judy Hile, maple syrup
• Becky Titchnell, West Virginia fruit and berry
• Bill and Sherry Sampson, painting and country crafts
• Bill and Delores Saunders, wood, crochet, and floral
• Elaine Sinclair, baskets
• George Smith, wood
• Debbie Sorensen, photography
• Joetta Stephen, birdhouses and wreaths
• Bob Strahin, scroll art and leather
• Icie Takacs, ceramic
• Tim and Lisa Whitehair, wood items
• Laura Thomas, hand crafted jewelry
• Mary Walker, lollipops and candy
• Barbara Ware, chocolates and candy
• Jerry Weaver, wooden cutting boards, wooden spoons and turner
• Stella Willard, quilts and miscellaneous items
• James Martin, books
• Mary Murphy, quilts, pillow tops, placemats and baby quilts
• Betty J. Naylor, wood and slates, benches, birdhouses, dolls and chairs
• Jim Hillman, custom made Roclith blankets
• Ginny Ruble, quilts, shirts, doll clothes and table runners
• Karen Buskirk, hand woven baskets; Brenda Allen, oil painting on leaves and feathers
• Donna and Allen Bailey, personalized home decor
• Megan Bailey, candles
• Justine Braine, pressed flowers, cards, etc.
• Dorothy Bennett, snowmen, sweatshirts and wine bottle lights
• Hattie and Pam Dilisoly, gourd bowls and containers
• Mike and JoAnn Bowman, handcut rock and fossil jewelry
• Robin Bragg, wood crafts, sewn items and floral
• Linda Brown, floral and wallhanging
• Chad Boram, caricatures
• Janice Cain, wood, jelly cabinets, trash bins and cabinets
• Barbara Carroll, florals and sewing items
• Janet Clayton, honey and beeswax candles
• Denzil and Rose Ann Cowger, baskets
• Mary Crowder, crochet and wooden assortments
• Alby Cunningham, goats milk soap and lotions
• Dawn DeMarco, jewelry and stained glass
• Virginia Fletcher, wood finished and primitive
• Mary Jane Forquer, hot peppers, mustard, jelly and  wood crafts
• Evelyn Gregory, fabric sewing
• Cathy Haddix, dolls and decorative shirts
• Michael Houpt, jewelry
• Kim Hurt, shirts, throws and apron
• Stephen and Paula Johnson, handmade wooden baskets
• Sandi Keaton, hand embroidered pillows
• David Dodds, handmade knives

Article Photos

(CU and The Inter-Mountain/Suzanne Stewart)
READY TO SHOP — The Davis & Elkins College Memorial Gymnasium will be full to the brim with crafts and art pieces for sale during the Mountain State Forest Festival. Popular items include baskets, candles and Christmas decorations.



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