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Waynesboro band reaps the benefits from craft show

November 07, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Anita Pfeuffer of Waynesboro said she "always" has done scherenschnitte, or paper cutting, learning it while growing up in Germany. Four years ago, she was asked to do a demonstration at Renfrew Museum, and that "got me going big time," she said.

Pfeuffer displayed and sold her intricate silhouettes and other designs Saturday at the 16th annual Waynesboro Band Auxiliary Craft Show at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

Most of Pfeuffer's work is on black paper. The reverse of the paper is white, she said, and she draws the pattern on that side. Some designs are original, some are purchased and some, such as her depictions of Mozart, a chimney sweep and a group of dragonflies, are adapted from postcards that were popular in Europe in the early 1900s. Pfeuffer then cuts out the design with 100-year-old embroidery scissors with a small, tight point and uses cuticle scissors for finer areas.

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She said she does not cut freehand and does not use a utility knife.

"I do everything with scissors while sitting in a rocking chair with my feet up," she said.

Pfeuffer sells her work on the Internet at www.anitaspas time.com and at a few shows.

With 90 vendors selling their wares, and parking lots and surrounding streets full of customers' cars, business was very good, said Kathy Wood, chairman of the craft show committee. The event makes about $5,000 for the band, Wood added, which is used for the biannual band trip, instruments, extra equipment and music.

Joan Biesecker, who started the event 15 years ago with 29 vendors, turned the responsibility over to Wood this year.

"She did a fantastic job," Biesecker said of her successor. It takes six to seven months to pull the event together, the women said.

Wood, who has two children, Zach, 16, and Hannah, 14, in the band, said she received a lot of support from the band auxiliary and band members, who ran the concession stands.

Four female members of the Dingle family of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., attended the fair and made several purchases.

Melanie Dingle, in her first visit to the event, bought ceramic teapots to hang on the wall. Allyson Dingle, a sophomore at the school, said she bought Christmas presents for her aunts. Her grandmother, who declined to give her name, said she purchased a hand-painted wine caddy for relatives who make their own wine. The intricately decorated piece was made by Pat Riemenschneider of PR Designs.

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