Hager House trade post days relived

August 06, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Tracey Alfaro stood under a tent, behind tables displaying an array of iridescent jewelry pieces Saturday afternoon at the Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days. She chatted with customers and explained how she creates the fused glass jewelry in a kiln.

Alfaro is one of 50 craft vendors taking part in the 34th annual craft fair and festival, said John Nelson, the historical sites facilitator for Hager House and organizer of this weekend's event.

The vendors can expect about 10,000 visitors to the craft fair at City Park, Nelson said. To set the mood, Nelson wore a traditional French voyager's garb: red-and-white striped pants, a green jacket and a floppy red cap.

"In this area, I do quite well," said Alfaro, who is in her second year of selling her creations at craft fairs.


Alfaro said she expects about $500 in business on a good day.

Across the bridge from the crafters, historical re-enactors set up a tent and display showing what an average soldier would have carried during the French and Indian War.

Weapons, peanuts and a brick of tea were among the items Jon Wood, 17, also dressed in period costume, showed those passing by.

Wood, who is affiliated with Friends of Fort Frederick, said it was important to teach the public.

"Not very many people know about the French and Indian War. It's almost forgotten," he said.

Hager House functioned as a trade post in the 18th century, so the people they were re-enacting would have traveled in this area, Wood said.

Behind the historical display, children rode ponies in a circle and cooed over bunnies, a miniature donkey and Scottish Highland calves at the petting zoo. The petting zoo and barrel rides are new this year, Nelson said.

Melinda Patton and her husband, Andy, spent some time near the concessions before heading to the crafts.

"The first order of business was to get some food," Andy Patton said, with an Italian sausage sandwich in front of him.

The Pattons, who are from Hagerstown, went to the craft fair because, "I wanted to see the Jonathan Hager House," Melinda Patton said.

If you go

What:Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: City Park

Cost: There is no entrance fee. Tours of the Hager House cost $2.

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