Halfway Days kicks off this weekend

May 27, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Artist Jamie Bausman spends several hours creating glass pendants in his Hagerstown home studio and plans to make more during Halfway Park Days. Here, he's making a heart-shaped pendant, shown below, from red, white, blue and clear rods of glass.
By Kelly Hahn Johnson/Staff Photographer,

HALFWAY -- Using a hot-blue flame of gas, artist Jamie Bausman torches the top of a clear glass rod into a taffy-like consistency. He heats the red rod, using its tip to "paint" color onto the end of the clear glass, which by now has slumped into a bulbous glob.

In 20 minutes or so, Bausman has transformed four rods of glass into a patriotic heart pendant.

And he did it all from the back porch of his Hagers-town home and studio.

Bausman will be working this weekend from a different sort of venue: Halfway Park Days. He will join more than 90 vendors who plan to sell their goods at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, off Halfway Boulevard.

The event is Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30 -- just in time for Memorial Day weekend, when most parks are opening their pools, said Stan Johnson, who coordinated the vendors for this year's event.


Halfway Park Days is organized by the Halfway Lions Club. The local chapter of the service club uses proceeds from the event to raise money for its charitable projects, said Johnson, a club member.

There's no admission to attend Halfway Park Days, which draws thousands of attendees. Bausman said he hopes that will translate into more people at his vendor booth, where he'll be making pendants on the spot.

Bausman, 35, said he started creating glass art last year after he was laid off from his job at a strategic accounts firm in Frederick, Md. He had never dabbled in glass art of any sort before he was laid off, though he grew up around artists. His parents Mary and Calvin Bausman are graphic artists and illustrators who live in Smithsburg.

"I asked myself, 'What do I really want to do?'" Bausman said. So he taught himself how to make glass art.

"This, I learn straight from the book -- the Internet, YouTube," he said.

He's since been growing his business, building Sleepy Creek Glassworks and Design Studio. His heart pendants sell for around $12.50.

"A lot of people don't have a bunch of disposable income, but there's a lot of people -- the art world -- who appreciate just having another form of art," Bausman said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Halfway Park Days.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 30.

WHERE: Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, off Halfway Blvd., Halfway.

COST: Free admission; bring money for food and craft vendors.

CONTACT: Call Stan Johnson, 301-739-3219.

MORE: Halfway Lions Club fundraiser will feature nearly 100 venders, plus food, music and magic show.

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