John A. Styer
P. O. Box 250
North East, Md., 21901
web site: www.lathe-meister.com
The Lathe Ledger
April, 2018 Edition
Hello, one and all!
There has been a recent explosion of venture possibilities in my schedule. Since I trust that you look forward to reading my newsletter for the express purposes of sharing in my endeavors, I'll start you off with my updated schedule of likely shows:
April 25 - Michael's 8th Ave., Glen Burnie, MD, 4-8
May 3-6 - Springfest, Ocean City, MD, 10AM to 8PM
June 2-3 - Mother Earth News Fair, Frederick, MD, 9-6 & 9-5
July 1 - Yorklyn Days Artisan Market, 11-5
Aug. 11 - Upper Bay Art Fest., Shelter Cove, North East MD, 11-7
Aug. 18-19 - 55th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show, Havre de Grace, MD
Sept. 1 - 111th Annual Arden Fair, Arden DE
Sept. 9 - 45th Annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival
Sept. 15-16 - Artsfest, Solomons, MD
Sept. 29 - Harford County Wine Festival, Bel Air, MD, 11-6
Oct. 13-14 - 55th Annual Catoctin Colorfest, Thurmont, MD
Oct. 20 - Farm Museum Apple Butter Making, Elkton, MD, 10-4
Nov. 17-18 - Annual Artisans Show, Center for the Creative Arts
Dec. 7-8 - Winter Arts Festival, Delaware Art Museum
There are another half dozen shows that will probably find their way onto my schedule in due course, but let's go with what we've got for now.
Michael's 8th Ave. in Glen Burnie is a Business Expo. It's open to everybody, but it's aimed at the business community (I'm associated with Business Network International) and will be 'thronged' with folks of that sort, plus anybody who might also be interested in craft beer or wine tasting (just to steady the nerves, mind you) who wish to be seen mingling with me, for instance.
As you probably know Springfest is Ocean City, MD's welcome to spring under the big top (two of them). I'll be in booth #16, under big top #2, competing with about 200 other vendors for your hard-earned money, willingly exchanged for beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork, much of it functional. There is music all day, mostly rock'n'roll, the boardwalk is on one side of us, and the entire Atlantic Ocean, with beach, is on the other side. And there is no admission (!), except for headline performances in the evenings. You get all this, and it's squeezed into a mere ten hours each day (10AM to 8PM).
You may have heard of Mother Earth News - I once subscribed to the magazine years ago. Surprisingly, they have not succumbed to the vagaries of ever-encroaching technology, they have expanded due to it. And they promote half a dozen shows throughout the country. This year they have one at the Frederick (MD) Fairgrounds (Patrick St., Exit #56) on June 2 & 3. They are partnering with the Frederick News Post, the Frederick Fiber Fest, the Frederick Arts Festival, and the Board of Tourism, and have invited me to participate. Isn't that nice? So I accepted, and now encourage you to show your support by coming to the show! I'll be on a grassy plot in booth #355 (I think that, perhaps, gives you some sense of the size of this show). Come early - the show opens at 9AM both days (and leave the dog at home).
The community of Yorklyn, DE is holding the Yorklyn Days Artisans Market on Sunday, July 1. There are a number of venues, but my location will be on the exterior grounds of the Center for the Creative Arts. The weather is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous (isn't it always?) and this will be a perfect opportunity for you to take a rewarding stroll amid the natural settings.
I have been "called to Scotland" again this year, and must, perforce, heed the calling. I'll bring back pictures. Due to this calling I will be unable to participate in the Aug. 4 Lotus Blossom Festival at Mount Harmon this year. Forgive me, please.
The Upper Bay Art Festival is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 11 on the grounds of Shelter Cove Marina, here in North East, MD. The hours are 11AM to 7PM. If you have not been here in "my town" recently, you may be surprised at how agreeably it has become a 'destination' tourism spot. Shelter Cove is just south of town, and offers you the opportunity to arrive by boat, if you choose!
The very next weekend is the 55th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show. It runs 10AM to 8PM Saturday, and 10-5 Sunday. It's always a good show, or they wouldn't have been doing it for over half a century. Mark my words!
I'll fill in some details about upcoming shows in a future newsletter, but for the meantime, trust me when I say that my inventory now has some astonishingly unique additions awaiting you!
John A. Styer