Barbara Lawlor, Rollinsville. The Hayloft at the Stage Stop Inn joined in the celebration of Small Business Saturday last weekend giving locals a place to show their handmade wares. Booths were set up around the dance floor and shoppers had the opportunity to ask the artists about their work.
The Holiday Fair was just one of the many venues that welcomed local craftspeople to display the work they have been creating for the past year.
Sounds of a guitar being strummed by Dave Ukulele added to the festive nature of the fair. He says he heard about the event through the Left Hand Artists’ Group. Jessica Shaw set up her booth of tie dye clothing, which she has been creating for the last couple of years and selling since 2015. She says she works on her bright comfortable clothes all year long to have enough for the holiday fairs around the county.
Beth Fitzpatrick brought in work from Raindance Glass, original cornucopia pieces that seem as if they are moving, with revolving lights locked into the shapes.
“I call them Raindance repurposed,” said Beth. Dave went into the woods and brought back tree branches to hold the pieces up for exhibition.” She also repurposed leaky hummingbird feeders to be used as a home for air plants.
Robert Hamburger spread out his inventory of Ned Gear, which he sewed himself. Hats, scarves and headbands were made with a great material that stays stretchy. His work may also be seen at the Nederland Holiday Market at the Nederland Community Center this weekend.
Derik Stevens, of Ward, brought in his hand made fur hats, saying this was his first time at the Fair. Derik was featured on the National Geographic series, “Live Free or Die,” representing the Mountain Man.
Acupuncturist Michelle LaPointe gave out information on the five elements representing the balance of health within our bodies and in the surrounding world.
They include: wood, fire, earth, water and metal. She offered wellness packages for both acupuncture and massage. Her biggest selling item for the day was her $3 acupressure rings, perfect for stocking stuffers. They relieve stress, increase circulation, reduce pain and travel easily anywhere. The ring is made of coils that slide over the knuckle of a finger.
Dressed in a gold suit, Dave Esparza sold his artwork. “I think it’s great they decided to move it to the daytime. This is my third year at the fair and I enjoy it because it’s a real mellow scene.” He says he will also have his work at the Nederland Mountain Market as well as the Caribou Room Christmas.
(Originally published in the November 30, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)