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Boonesborough Days celebrates local artisans

September 11, 2010|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI
  • Crafter Christena Morris of Boonsboro puts the finishing touches on a fabric turkey Saturday during a lull in the crowd visiting Boonesborough Days in Boonsboro.
By Kelly Hahn Johnson, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO -- Thirty-nine years ago, members of the newly founded Boonsboro Historical Society conceived of hosting an event that would highlight the legacy of area artisans.

"We wanted to get people out here who were doing what people would have done in the early days of southern Washington County," Wanda Heuer said.

Heuer was an original member of the historical society. Today, she is president of the group and coordinator of Boonesborough Days, the annual event that continues to celebrate local artisans.

Potters, blacksmiths, woodcrafters, and soap and candle makers were among the roughly 160 vendors sprawled across the lawn of Shafer Memorial Park on Saturday for the 39th annual Boonesborough Days.

Heuer said the event, which always is scheduled for the weekend after Labor Day, started off as just one day, on a Sunday afternoon. Interest and attendance picked up over the years, and it expanded to Saturday and Sunday. She said the mild, sunny weather Saturday made for a nice crowd.

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"Anytime we have weather like this, we end up, over the two days, with about 10,000 people," Heuer said.

Michael Price McIntyre of Hagerstown, owner of FireRobin Farm Pottery, sells his wares at Boonesborough Days. McIntyre said he thought it was "a great idea" to highlight area artisans who carry on historic crafts. He noted that 19th-century potter John Bell, whose work is highly valuable and collectible, was a Hagerstown native.

"We have a very strong history in the area for pottery and quite a few well-known potters," he said. "I have a nice following. Boonsboro is always a good show for me. I find that pottery and functional stoneware is well-appreciated here."

Michael Griffith, 56, of Boonsboro, said he and his wife, Sharon, picked up a couple of crafts at the event. In addition to checking out local crafters, Griffith said he likes to grab a bite to eat from the local clubs and organizations selling food.

"The food is great if you like country food," Griffith said. "It's something different. Not like a restaurant, but even better."

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What: 39th annual Boonesborough Days

When: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Shafer Memorial Park, Boonsboro

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