Catch new vendors at the faire

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HEGINS - Aromatic scents, unique jewelry, "upcycled" glass wares, quilts, art and beeswax products will be among the new offerings at the 24th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire.

Held at Hegins Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, the event showcases more than 200 selected craftsmen from Pennsylvania and nearby states. Many vendors will be demonstrating their talents throughout the day, and exhibiting and selling their wares in the tree-lined park.

Among the newest vendors to the show are:

- Daniel DiBernardo, of Lancaster - photo art.

- Henderson Rouse and Lucy Wilson Sherman, of Susquehanna - Opposites Attract, handmade jewelry, chain mail necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

- Kelly Henry, of Dover - Earth Tone, crafts and weaving.

- Connie Stephenson Grainger, of Shiremanstown - Little Pine Creek Potpourri, aromatic selections made from flowers and herbs, blended with oils and spices; stenciled and lace sachets.

- Mary Croft, of Harrisburg - handmade dolls and fabric crafts.

- Gail Yurchak, of Quakertown - children's sweaters, hats, purses.

- Yvonne Brewer, of Gilbertsville - handcrafted baby items, household products, quilts, coasters, stroller totes.

- Larry E. Troutman, of Garnet Valley - quilts, baskets.

- Colleen and Jeffrey Heim, of Sunbury - wooden bookmarks; keepsake boxes; jewelry made of wood, peach pits and seeds.

- Darci Wirth and Christopher Zavatski, of Friendsville - "upcycled" glass products; bringing old bottles to life.

- Raymond and Marie Klocek, of Drums - MRK Artistry, stenciled glassware, wooden frames.

- Tina Traver, of Clarks Summit - bottle cap jewelry.

- Chester P. Basil, of Lenhartsville - wooden spoons.

- Amanda Stank, of Shamokin - Crystal Creations by Amanda, custom made dresses for special occasions.

- Linda C. Danner, of Halifax - Mama's Memory Quilts.

- Bunny Switzenberg, of Lancaster - Cinnamon Treasures, beeswax products.

- Linda Gabler, of Langhorne - House of Gabrielle, Inc., scarfs, hats for chemotherapy patients, vests.

- Ilka Werner, of Chalfont - Relaxpak, heat and cooling packs.

Terry and Christine Flanagan, of Sheepberry Farm in Halifax, will once again bring their animals to the park and will be demonstrating spinning and weaving. A wearable shawl will be produced and auctioned off during the faire. Tickets cost $1 for a chance at the shawl, with the drawing held around 2 p.m. Visitors need not be present to win.

A variety of foods and tasty treats will be available, including breakfast, starting at 7 a.m. Entry to the faire is free, however, there is a $2 parking charge that benefits the Hegins Park Association. The event is held rain or shine.

Funds garnered from the craft show benefit several community organizations. Last year, $11,700 was generated, allowing 13 organizations to receive $900 each, according to faire board member Cindy Herring.

If You Go:

Hegins Park is located approximately six miles west on Route 25 from Exit 112 on I-81 in western Schuylkill County. Watch for signs to the park.

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