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W.Va. craft show to draw thousands

September 22, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Quality.

Whether an item costs $1,000 or $10, quality is what organizers aim to bring to West Virginia's Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival, said Mary Via, executive director of festival sponsor Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

So the number of craftspeople at the spring and fall festivals has remained about the same, about 200, Via said.

Craftspeople from the Tri-State area and 25 states will demonstrate at Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road how they make their items, unless sales are so brisk they don't have time, Via said.

Among those expected to attend the fall festival this Friday through Sunday is Jacque Negrotto, who evacuated her home in New Orleans for Texas to stay with a relative, Via said.

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Negrotto, who makes jewelry out of old buttons, still had her stock in her house early last week, but was able to retrieve it and has since been staying with craftspeople in Mississippi, Via said.

Negrotto and her husband, Barry, are still expected to attend the festival along with the Mississippi couple, Via said.

Other crafts include baskets, pottery, quilted items, rugs, clothing and accessories, dolls, musical instruments, photographs, decorative paintings, stained glass, toys and wood accessories.

There also will be a full concert schedule and food for sale.

The festival is anticipated to draw 25,000 to 30,000 people, Via said.




If you go...



WHAT: West Virginia's Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, to Sunday, Sept. 25

WHERE: Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road, Jefferson County, W.Va.

COST: $6, adults; $3, ages 6 to 17; free for children younger than 6. Parking and entertainment included in admission fee. Dollar-off coupons are in local newspapers and at the Web site.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 south to Martinsburg Exit 12 to W.Va. 9 (Charles Town). Stay on W.Va. 9 bypass and exit on Flowing Springs Road toward Shepherdstown. Take Flowing Springs Road, turning right on Job Corps Road. The entrance to the festival is about two miles on the right.

MORE: No pets or alcohol permitted. For more information, call 1-800-624-0577 or go to www.jeffersoncounty.com/festival.




Concert schedule



Friday, Sept. 23

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Jay Smar

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Colin Dunbar & Sleepy Creek

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Jay Smar

3:45 to 4:30 p.m.Colin Dunbar & Sleepy Creek

4:45 to 5:50 p.m. Capitol Squares

Saturday, Sept. 24

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dan Paisley & Southern Grass

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. The Goins Brothers

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. The Seldom Scene

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Dan Paisley & Southern Grass

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. The Goins Brothers

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. The Seldom Scene

Sunday, Sept. 25

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Goins Brothers

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Dan Paisley & Southern Grass

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. The Seldom Scene

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. The Goins Brothers

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Dan Paisley & Southern Grass

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. The Seldom Scene

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