Annual craft show attracts large crowd

Sarah Eames | The Daily StarCarolyn Elwell, left, of Goodyear Lake peruses the quilted items made by hand by Shirley VanDewerker, right, of Richmondville on Sunday at the A.O. Fox Hospital Auxiliary holiday craft show in Oneonta.

ONEONTA — More than 125 vendors and hundreds of holiday shoppers braved the snow and ice Sunday for the annual fall craft show benefiting the A.O. Fox Hospital Auxiliary.

Featuring more than 100 vendors and several more on a waiting list, the show is the largest in the area, according to Kathie Rutland, who has coordinated the show on behalf of the hospital auxiliary for 30 years.

“Most vendors have been here for years,” she said; some traveling from as far as Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and around the state. “It’s wall to wall.”

The artists featured all manners of jewelry, painting, photography, needlework, sculpture, ceramics and glass, as well as a number of homemade delicacies including cheese, baked goods, maple products and chocolate.

Laura Haney, owner and proprietor of Laura’s Chocolates, said she operates a state-licensed workshop out of her home in Franklin and has sold custom cakes for 45 years and has made homemade chocolates for 30.

Haney, who doesn’t own a store, said she sells her goodies in Oneonta at the Artisan’s Guild and Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q, featuring a holiday selection of gold foil-wrapped chocolate bars, caramel pecan patties, giant peanut butter cups, raspberry truffle bars, almond and peppermint bark and “stix,” a homemade version of the Twix bar made with caramel-coated pretzels dipped in chocolate.

Maria Belfiglio of Binghamton sold her mixed media pieces on canvas, featuring jewelry art, hand-sculpted clay flowers and Christmas ornaments. She also sells a variety of antiques reimagined in steampunk style, including jars, vases and even ice skates covered in bits of jewelry and other found objects, painted bright metallic hues.

Richmondville resident Shirley VanDewerker showed off her handmade quilted items, including pillows, potholders and wall hangings with photo corners designed to display treasured family memories.

“It’s ideal for someone in a nursing home or with an RV, looking for something they can just nail to the wall,” she said.

Carolyn Elwell of Goodyear Lake purchased from VanDewerker a decorative kitchen hanging with dry measure conversions printed on it.

“This year was a great show,” Rutland said. “Thanks to the local community for supporting us and shopping local.”

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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