Flowers, crafts bloom at event
The campus of the Gov. Wolf Historical Society was turned into a brilliant display of various flowers and unique creations of arts and crafts Friday and Saturday.
The occasion was the society's first annual "country garden faire" at its location at 6600 Jacksonville Road, Allen Township.
Organizer Cathy Wilhelm said the creation of the garden faire came about after members saw something similar in Lancaster County. The society decided to offer a similar event to those in the Lehigh Valley, she said.
"We were thinking of an event that would appeal to a broad range of people," Wilhelm said.
This garden faire offered a wide range of items for sale to the public, including a cornucopia of flowers and plants, garden tools and antiques, pottery and food and beverages provided by the Daily Grind, Bath.
"It's an event with all things appealing to gardens," Wilhelm said. "It's a mix of all different sorts of plants."
Northampton resident Michele Albright was one of this year's vendors. Her stand offered what she calls, "primitive handicrafts." Much of what she creates, she said, originates from salvaged materials.
"I like to use old, natural elements if I can," Albright said.
She decided to participate in the garden faire as a means of introducing herself to the public.
"When you do a show, you get to meet a lot of people," she said.
Also setting up a vendor's stand Friday and Saturday was Lisa George of Kunkletown. George, who also sold primitive crafts, said she has been creating and selling the crafts for the past 15 years.
"I like old things," George said. "I try to make due with what I have."
George said she was drawn to the garden faire due to the overall atmosphere that would be provided by the event.
"I love old homes," she said. "It's a cozy feeling. I like being around people and developing friendships."
Wilhelm said she is hoping this year's event will blossom into another event similar to this year's garden faire.
"We are actively looking to have another annual event," said Wilhelm. "An event that people will want to return to. Our intent is to build from this."