Friday, December 1, 2023 – 10AM-3PM
Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 10AM-3PM
Fine Art/Craft Vendors
Bring your family and friends to this holiday open house. The Christmas Market will feature Fine Crafts & Art. Artisans will be showcasing their items for sale to ring in the holiday spirit to you and your family.
Several artists will show their work at the Christmas Market. Using egg tempera, oil, watercolor, and silverpoint, Jonathan Bond depicts landscapes and farm scenes in northern Berks County. In addition to original paintings, Bond offers gift items, such as notecards and bags, with images of his work. Lancaster County artist Marie E. Riegle examines the natural world through botanical illustrations. She also explores spiritual themes by constructing nests of cast-off materials, both natural and human made. Artist Lynn Sommer is inspired by fraktur, a Pennsylvania German folk art. She uses traditional motifs, such as birds and flowers, but innovates by adding song. Her work incorporates hymnody and musical imagery.
The Christmas Market will have a variety of local and handcrafted gifts, including knitted and crocheted hats and gloves, handsewn aprons and cooking pouches, handwoven baskets and scarves, embroidery, and wood crafts. Karen Wychock weaves Shaker reproduction baskets and uses native hard wood for the rims and handles. Ann Hermes works with hand-dyed woolens and yarns to create applique projects and embroidery pincushions, using nineteenth-century Pennsylvania German techniques. Using yarn made of silk, alpaca, and merino wool, Cathy Decherney creates scarves with unique color patterns. Rodney’s Wood Crafts produces handcrafted wooden puzzles, trains, and animals. Jim King uses false grain techniques to decorate boxes and frames.
The Christmas Market will offer local food and ingredients. Awckland’s Sugar Shack and Apiary from Bucks County will sell pure, raw honey from their own family-managed beehives. A&L Baked Goods offers old-fashioned baking with locally sourced ingredients. Their shoofly pies, cinnamon rolls, and whoopie pies are made with eggs that come from their flock of backyard chickens. Sandy “Mama” Reese will have homemade vanilla sugar and vanilla extract to add to holiday baking. For those short on time, Roseanne’s Ready Mixes has soup, tea, and cookie mixes already packaged in jars. Looking for a special treat? Pick up some Alpine Heritage cheese (Amish made from Lancaster County) and Christmas Mincemeat.
This event benefits the Mennonite Heritage Center, which collects, preserves, and shares the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through museum exhibits and a historical library and archives.
Please visit these other interesting sites as part of the Christmas Market Joint Holiday Tour:
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, Pennsburg (see their website for information on their events/hours)
Goschenhoppen Historians, Green Lane. Visit their website for more information.)
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