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'With handmade items, two are seldom the same'

'With handmade items, two are seldom the same'

November 21, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN -- If walls could talk, those of a 150-year-old brick farmhouse on Jefferson Boulevard would have a few stories to tell about the past.

But stories are being made today, as well, with the Beck family in residence.

This time of year, especially, there is a lot of activity as rooms overflow with scented candles, holiday ornaments, baskets and snowmen.

For the past seven years, Carrie Beck has hosted Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse, a craft show featuring the works of area artisans.

Beck said she had participated in craft shows for a number of years in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area. But after moving to Hagerstown, she decided to host her own shows.


Beck said the Federal-style farmhouse that she and her family now calls home is the perfect setting to spotlight the creative work of area artisans.

Handcrafted items sit on deep window sills, hang from period furniture and line the smooth plank floors.

"This is what I had in mind even before we bought the house," she said.

In addition to the Christmas event, Beck also hosts a spring show.

Because she's particular about the quality of crafts displayed, Beck said all of her shows are juried.

There are 14 vendors participating in this year's Christmas show.

Beck said the Christmas craft show is held over two weekends and always attracts a big crowd.

"It opened last weekend and we were very busy," she said. "I don't know about the economy, but people seem to be spending. This is one of my best years so far."

Martha Maddox of Hagerstown said she likes the idea of supporting local artisans and tries to do a lot of her gift and decorating purchases at area craft shows.

"I'm tired of going to stores and buying something made in China," she said. "With handmade items, two are seldom the same. Plus, you feel like you have a connection with the artist."

Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse craft show continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission fee.

If you go

What: Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse Craft Show

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sycamore Heights Farmhouse, 20703 Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown

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