Festival offers variety of arts and crafts

September 25, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- With about 200 vendors, the 34th annual Fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival offers plenty of choices, including artwork, wine, baskets, quilts, jewelry, toys, furniture and everything in between. 

It's a family affair under the tent at Skip's Grist Mill.

Skip Zimmerman of Burr Mill in Martinsburg, W.Va., was grinding buckwheat into flour on Friday, while his brother, Emory, was grinding corn kernels into cornmeal.  

The 1889 stone grist mill came from a mill in Maryland and was restored by Skip Zimmerman. He also built the wagon on which it sits, he said. 

"All the family helps," Emory Zimmerman said. "It's fun. That's what we do it for." 

Skip's wife, Eleanor, makes pillows from the buckwheat hulls. The hulls are sold along with whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour and cornmeal in different textures. 


Emory's wife, Barbara, sells the products and other family members help when it gets busy, she said. 

Pam West of Rustic Reathes in Lewisburg, W.Va., grows her own flowers and herbs that she uses to make her wreathes. She sells eucalyptus, which she grows annually, and sweet Annie (Artemisia). She said a custom-made wreath can be made on site.  

Vintage Revival has attended the Mountain Heritage festival for 15 years, owner Jacque Smiley said. The tent was very busy with people buying jewelry made from vintage china pieces or making arrangements to have pieces made from their own broken china. 

Jan Kruhm of Berryville, Va., wore a necklace that Smiley made about three years ago from a little bone china statue of a horse. 

Kruhm said the leg was broken about 30 years ago but she never threw the horse away because it was special to her. The horse head is attached to a decorative silver base with a decorative silver loop for the neck chain. 

Smiley, of Altus, Okla., has owned Vintage Revival for 19 years, she said. 

She said a book is coming out next spring on the history of Western-themed dinnerware, and Vintage Revival will be included in "Come and Get It" by Corinne Joy Brown. 

Metal Expressions Ltd. of Carlisle, Pa., offers metal sculptures, water fountains and yard art, some of which is hand-painted. 

Owner Ron Stinson said he uses copper, brass, steel and bronze, and manipulates the metals to produce textures and colors.     

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the event, said Heather Morgan, executive director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the festival. 

"This is always a benefit to the community with donations and with people staying in the area to attend," Morgan said.

If you go

What: 34th Annual Fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sam Michaels Park, Charles Town, W.Va.

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