Feeling crafty?

The 27th annual Arts and Crafts Fair opens Saturday

The 27th annual Arts and Crafts Fair opens Saturday

July 09, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - When Barry Bumbaugh's wife, Rachel, came home from a Pennsylvania craft fair two years ago with a decorative piece of hypertufa, and told him how much she paid for it, Bumbaugh decided he could do better.

Hypertufa is artificial stone made from a mixture of cement, peat moss and perlite. It is lighter in weight than typical stone or concrete and is used to make garden decorations or borders.

The Bumbaughs' Mont Alto, Pa., yard now features several hypertufa decorations and a garden border of hypertufa bricks.

The molded hypertufa takes a few months to cure, so Bumbaugh only sells his crafts at two shows a year.

The Bumbaughs and their daughter, Cathy Staubs, will be at the 27th annual Arts and Crafts Fair this Saturday at Caledonia State Park. The Friends of Caledonia State Park, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, and the park host the fair to raise money for park equipment, said Karen Moose, historian for the friends group.


About 150 vendors are expected Saturday, Moose said.

Gary Patterson will play bagpipes from 9 to 11 a.m., a DJ will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and singer/songwriter Ray Owen will entertain from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with a program that includes songs, stories and humor.

Arts and crafts for sale will include wood furniture, dolls, birdhouses, afghans, ceramics, lamps, wreathes, baskets, soy products, walking sticks, toys, leather, floral arrangements, stained glass, homemade dog biscuits, oil paintings, stuffed animals, herbs and spices, nature photos, scarves, T-shirts, soaps, candles, gemstone jewelry, beaded jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, and cookie-dough creations.

Bumbaugh sells his hypertufa dcor for about half what his wife paid for her piece two years ago. His decorative mushrooms start at $7 for a small one and birdbaths go for $32.

The Bumbaughs' stand will also have tole painting by Cathy Staubs.

Staubs paints wooden ornaments, such as snowmen and gingerbread men, and wooden signs with holiday or positive messages such as "Live Laugh Love." Her mother cuts the wood, and Staubs paints whatever designs or messages come to mind. It's a craft and also a stress reliever.

"I just like to do it," said Staubs.

If you go ...

WHAT: 27th annual Arts & Crafts Fair

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11

WHERE: Caledonia State Park, 101 Pine Grove Road, Fayetteville, Pa.

COST: Free admission

CONTACT: For more information, call 717-352-2161.

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