Shopping for crafts and making them, too

City Farmers Market offers holiday workshops for kids

City Farmers Market offers holiday workshops for kids

December 09, 2007|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI

HAGERSTOWN - With a little imagination and a pair of ice skates, a polar bear can become a reindeer.

That's what Brady Henicle, 8, of Greencastle, Pa., proved Saturday at City Farmers Market in Hagerstown.

Brady was one of a couple dozen children who created Christmas tree ornaments at Holiday Happenings, a series of seasonal activities at the market.

Jennifer Kram, recreation assistant with the city of Hagerstown, distributed small plastic bags containing kits to make foam ornaments of ice skating polar bears and gingerbread men at the craft workshop.

"I'll give you all the pieces and a bottle of glue and tell you to have at it," Kram told the children.


After Brady assembled the body and head of the bear, he picked up two gray foam ice skate blades. He studied them quizzically, placed them on either side of the bear's forehead, and rubbed his hands together looking pleased.

"You used the skates as antlers and made the bear a reindeer," said Brady's father Robert Henicle, 37. "It's your bear. It's different."

Brady's brother, Robert Henicle Jr., 12, observed Brady creating his creature. Robert Jr. opted not to make an ornament, deeming himself too old. But when Kram offered to give him one to make at home, Robert Jr. accepted.

Katie Chaney, 10, of Maugansville personalized her polar bear by attaching a small green ribbon to its hat.

"I found the ribbon on the table," she said. "I think my mom will like it."

After she made her own ornament, Katie browsed ornaments at the vendor booths.

"The market is really nice because they have a whole bunch of ornaments you can use for your Christmas tree," Katie said.

City Farmers Market liaison Colleen Garringer said market organizers decided to provide children's craft workshops every Saturday during December to give children something to do while their parents shop.

"People are used to the summer and lots of things for their kids to do. Now everything is shopping based, so this gives the kids something to do. The crafts have been a big hit," Garringer said.

The market is operating on extended hours Saturdays from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the holiday season.

Santa Claus and his elves will be at the market for photos with children Dec. 22, Garringer said.

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