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Craft fair offers wide variety

November 03, 2003|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Shoppers at the huge craft fair at Waynesboro Area Senior High School had an incredible variety of items to choose from Saturday.

Craft vendors' tables lined the downstairs halls and filled the gymnasium while visitors crowded the aisles to examine their wares.

The annual fair, which benefits the school's band, began about 15 years ago.

Visitors browsed among ruffled lampshades, painted mailboxes and water jugs, walking sticks topped with golf balls, birdhouses with license plates for roofs, stuffed dinosaurs, vintage button jewelry and fabric garlands.

Anyone seeking Christmas items could choose from snowmen, dolls and Santas of all sizes and descriptions. One stand had Santa pins made from dried okra pods.

Holiday music played as shoppers inspected hand-woven baskets, lighted log cabin replicas, baby quilts, all-season wreaths, children's furniture, baked goods and many kinds of jewelry.

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At the Stained Glass by Ann booth, Ann Puntigam said it takes her four to five days to make an average size stained glass window. She creates the designs for the windows and takes custom orders at her shop in Gettysburg, Pa.

T. Cass Anderberg displayed her original framed Fraktur prints. Anderberg, who lives in Fairfield, said she studied books for inspiration for her designs. She also makes Ribbon Ladies, with large skirts of gathered lace and ribbon, which were popular in the 1920s through 1940s.

All proceeds go to the high school's band, said Dana Heckman of Waynesboro, secretary of the band auxiliary. Her daughter, Whitney Beach, is a senior who has played in the band for four years.

The band uses a U-Haul trailer to take its equipment to away games, and proceeds help with that expense, Heckman said.

"It also goes for band shirts for freshmen, equipment repairs that the school doesn't cover and to buy mats, flags, costumes and other equipment for the Indoor Guard," Heckman said.

The annual budget for the band is $35,000, Heckman said. The craft show brings in about $4,000.

The band plans to travel to Orlando, Fla., next spring to march in the MGM studios parade, she said.

Waynesboro Indoor Guard members Karlin Flanigan, 15, and Alyssa Cordell, 15, were selling raffle tickets for the benefit of the guard. The 19-member guard performs with the band at football games and competes against other schools at indoor guard shows, Alyssa said.

She twirls flags with the guard, while Karlin handles flags, rifles and sabers.

A pair of 12-year-olds played Christmas music for visitors. Gloria Showalter of Waynesboro has been studying the violin for six years, and Nicola Sussman of Smithsburg, has been studying for two years.

Dressed in Victorian attire, sisters Julia Shipman, 7, and Emily, 13, passed out samples of baked goods to draw people to the booth of Brenda Lynn's Country Victorian Craft Cottage and Tea Room of Waynesboro.

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