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Old-time arts and crafts fair

Frontier Craft Days this weekend at City Park

Frontier Craft Days this weekend at City Park

August 03, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Visitors to one of the oldest craft fair in the city will get a taste of frontier life and glimpse the works of local artists, said John Bryan, historical interpreter for Hager House and Museum.

About 50 vendors are expected to attend Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days this weekend. Several first-timers among the vendors at the juried show are preparing a big day.

"It will be my biggest venture," said Hagerstown artist Jennifer Blazes, an illustrator who specializes in hand-scripted poems and Bible scriptures.

The craft show has entered its 34th year, making it one of the city's oldest craft fairs, Bryan said. Organizers said they plan to continue the tradition of focusing on frontier life and what things might have been like when Jonathan Hager lived there centuries ago.

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"Everything here is homemade," said John Bryan, historical interpreter for Hager House and Museum. "You won't find any Longaberger baskets or anything like that."

It also will be an opportunity to check out local arts and crafts scene, Bryan said. New this year, Bryan said, is an area for children's activities, which will include a petting zoo and pony rides.

Musical lineup

Saturday, Aug. 5

· Whippoorwill at noon and 2 p.m.

· David LaFleur at 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 6

· Little Maggie at noon and 2 p.m.

· Furnace Mountain at 1 and 3 p.m.




If you go ...



WHAT: Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6

WHERE: Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Admission is free. Hager House tours cost $2 for those older than 6. Children's activities are held daily from 1 to 4 p.m. and include barrel cart, pony and hay rides, and a petting zoo.

MORE: For more information, call 301-739-8393 or e-mail hagerhouse@hagerstownmd.org.

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