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Crafters help Fahrney-Keedy Home celebrate centennial

August 21, 2005|By MARIE GILBERT

marieg@herald-mail.net

BOONSBORO

Sitting in front of a stationary propane torch, Debby Weaver took a piece of soft Italian glass and transformed it into eye candy.

"It's called lampwork or beadmaking," the Middletown, Md., resident explained. "But people tell me the beads look good enough to eat."

Weaver was among the artisans who participated in Saturday's Centennial Heritage Festival at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village on Mapleville Road.

The festival was one of several events that have been held this year to mark Fahrney-Keedy's 100th anniversary.

"We held a banquet in March and it was so successful, we decided to have a summer festival," said Tina Moyer, staff development coordinator in nursing.

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"If things go well, we hope to make this an annual event," Moyer said.

According to Moyer, proceeds from Saturday's festival will aid the home's Benevolent Fund, which supports those residents unable to afford the care they receive.

"It all goes back to the residents," Moyer said.

While the festival was an opportunity for people in the area to visit Fahrney-Keedy, Moyer said it also was a way for residents to enjoy a summer activity without having to leave the grounds.

"Some residents are unable to get out," she said. "So we brought the festival to them."

Weaver, who belongs to the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, said she has sold her beadwork all over the country.

"But participating in the Fahrney-Keedy festival is special," she said. "It's a nice way to share what I do with people who might not have an opportunity to otherwise do so. It's giving back to the community - and I think that's important."

Helen Kline of Hagerstown said she attended the festival "because I have a friend who is a resident here. I thought this would be a nice activity we could enjoy together."

The festival included silver weaving, spindle wool spinning, wood carvings, paintings and baskets. There also was a classic car show, trapping education, children's activities, food and entertainment, including the Rohrersville Band, a Southern gospel group, an Elvis impersonator and a brass ensemble. There also was an indoor yard sale.

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