It's all in the hands

September 01, 1999

Connie FleagleBy KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

It's the 20th year for Cumberland Valley Craftsmen's arts and crafts market, and it's the 20th year that Connie Eddy Fleagle has been a member of the organization. She will offer her handiwork at the juried show Saturday, Sept. 4.

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The Waynesboro, Pa., resident has been involved with artwork in one form or another since she was a kid entering coloring contests.

She remembers working at her grandmother's card table, making notecards even then. "Do you think you could do this?" her grandmother or one of her friends would ask.


She studied art at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., but her major didn't involve crafts. She even did some craft shows during her college years.

She opened her east-of-Waynesboro shop, Connie's Craftique, in 1981, and exhibits at about five local shows per year. The Cumberland Valley Craftsmen's shows are small and "real nice," Fleagle says.

WreathMembers of her family enjoy accompanying her, and they are involved in arts and crafts as well. Although she hasn't done much in the form lately, Fleagle paints wooden figures - some for Christmas ornaments that her husband, Jim, cuts out for her. Twelve-year-old daughter, Carly, does face painting at shows, and daughter Paige, 8, helps with her mom's fabric wreaths.

"Their fingers are smaller than mine," Fleagle says, explaining how her girls help her pick up the tiny "Indian" beads she uses on notecards.

Fleagle has done stenciling in the past, and her creations include doorstops. Her calligraphy talents find their way to posters she does as a volunteer at her daughters' school and at Waynesboro hospital.

Cumberland Valley Craftsmen's shows have provided a good outlet for Fleagle's crafts. Membership in the organization has become a good opportunity for making friends, she says.

Cumberland Valley Craftsmen 20th annual arts and crafts market

When: Saturday, Sept. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Renfrew Park, Pa. 16, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

From Hagerstown, take Md. 60, Leitersburg Pike, north to Waynesboro. Turn right on Main Street, go through Waynesboro, turn right on Welty Road and right into park.

Admission and parking are free.

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