About 350 artisans will sell their work at juried show

2-day Catoctin Colorfest offers free admission

2-day Catoctin Colorfest offers free admission

October 11, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

THURMONT, Md. - Mac Ancarrow has worked with wood most of his life, progressing from big - furniture - to small after learning how to make wood decorations with a scroll saw about 10 years ago.

Ancarrow's work, which includes Christmas ornaments with snowy scenes, wildlife plaques and dog-related items such as mantle clocks with designs that showcase canine facial expressions, will be on display and for sale this weekend at the 44th annual Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont.

Approximately 350 arts and craft vendors are expected to be selling their creations at the juried festival, said Beverly Zienda, president of Colorfest.

Between the quality of the work for sale and the color of fall foliage, the festival usually attracts approximately 100,000 people during the weekend, Zienda said. The leaves are just starting to change color, Zienda said Monday.


Artisans for the juried show can be found at two sites rather than three this year. They are Thurmont Community Park and Guardian Hose Company Activities Grounds.

Other arts and crafts vendors and yard sales are usually set up in other areas of town during Colorfest weekend, as well.

Juried work for sale includes hand-painted antique windows, clothes and accessories for Barbie and American Girl dolls, wooden wildfowl decoys, embroidery that can be customized, wire sculpture, seasonal and holiday decorations, jewelry, wind chimes, woven rugs, handcrafted dolls, pottery, soaps, quilts and quilted items and furniture.

Ancarrow uses mostly mahogany as well as exotic woods such as purplehart, padauk and lacewood to create his works. He can create wood pieces that feature canine faces from approximately 75 breeds.

A retired Mack Trucks machinist, Ancarrow started woodworking as a hobby. Now working on building a summer home in West Virginia, he has cut back the number of shows at which he displays and sells his work. One still on his list is Colorfest.

In addition to arts and crafts, the festival will have food for sale and dance demonstrations. The Linda L. Elower School of Dance will perform on the basketball court at Thurmont Community Park at 11 a.m. both days, Zienda said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Catoctin Colorfest, a juried arts and crafts festival

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14

WHERE: Thurmont Community Park and Guardian Hose Company Activities Grounds

COST: Free admission. Parking costs $5 a carload and will be provided at Catoctin High School (14745 Sabillasville Road), Thurmont Elementary School (805 E. Main St.), Thurmont Middle School (408 E. Main St.) and the former shoe company parking lot on Apples Church Road.

MORE: For more information, call 301-271-4432 or go to

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