Festival keeps it authentic

Boonesborough Days celebrates early American arts and crafts

Boonesborough Days celebrates early American arts and crafts

September 08, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

BOONSBORO - A festival that has been known to draw 10,000 people in one weekend seemed like a pretty good starting place for Joan Taylor to sell her homemade soaps and other natural wares.

That's why she's setting up shop for the first time at the 34th annual Boonesborough Days this Saturday and Sunday in Shafer Memorial Park.

Taylor, who started her business, Cedar Ridge Soaps, in April, will be among 150 craft and artisan vendors taking part in this year's festival that focuses on early American arts and crafts.


Boonesborough Days "is based on the celebration of history," said Wanda Heuer, past president of the Boonsboro Historical Society. "Our crafts are supposed to be handmade and they should represent earlier (techniques)."

The craft and history festival is put on every year by the historical society.

Joan Bontempo, a Sharpsburg ceramic and pottery artist, will demonstrate her craft throughout the weekend.

A "demonstrator" flag will hang from her booth, where she will show festival-goers how she works on a potter's wheel. Last year was the first time she participated in the event.

"It was terrific," she said of last year's festival. "We had an enthusiastic crowd. I gave demonstrations that really seemed to get the attention of the crowd, especially the kids."

Some of the other crafts visitors can expect to see this weekend in Boonsboro include papier-mch, wooden folk art, homemade pots and crocks, handmade jewelry, wooden toys, watercolor paintings, stoneware, wood carvings and hooked wool rugs.

"This is a juried show and we do try to eliminate those that we think are (not original artists)," Heuer said.

Sponsored by the Boonsboro Historical Society, the festival also includes Civil War and historic displays, antiques and artifacts. Pony rides, face painting, a playground and crafts will be available for children.

About a dozen food vendors will be on hand, selling barbecue chicken dinners, ice cream, oysters, apple dumplings, funnel cakes and Greek fare. Much of the food is offered by community organizations or nonprofit groups that use the event as a fundraiser.

The South Mountain Coin and Relic Hunters Association will display Civil War artifacts and relic collections during the event. At 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, there will be a community worship service. Also on Sunday, there will be an antique car collection display by the members of the Blue and Gray Chapter of the Model T Ford Club.

If you go ...

WHAT: 34th annual Boonesborough Days

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11

WHERE: Shafer Memorial Park, Boonsboro

COST: Free

DIRECTIONS: From Hagerstown, take Alternate U.S. 40 into Boonsboro. The park is located off of Main Street. Free parking is available at the Boonsboro school campus, north of Boonsboro on Pa. 66. Shuttle service is available from the school to the park.

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