John A. Styer
P. O. Box 250
North East, Md., 21901
web site: www.lathe-meister.com
The Lathe Ledger
September, 2018 Edition
Hello again, my wonderful readers!
It is just as hard to believe this year as it has been every year - that the year is, almost suddenly, drawing towards a close. For me, it is the busiest time of year, so let's get started with my schedule, which you are invited to share with whomever you please:
Sept. 1 - 111th Annual Arden Fair, Arden DE, 10-6, space #77
Sept. 9 - 45th Annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival, 10-5, space #93
Sept. 12 - 5th Annual Crab Cake Challenge, Michael's 8th Ave., Glen Burnie, MD, 4-8 PM
Sept. 15-16 - 25th Annual Artsfest, Solomons, MD, 10-5, space #P-22
Sept. 20-23 - Sunfest, Ocean City, MD, 10AM-10PM(!!!) tent #2, space #42
Sept. 29 - Harford County Wine Festival, Rockfield Manor, Bel Air, MD, 11:30-6 for VIPs (you?) and 1-6PM for everybody else
Oct. 6 - Harvest Moon Festival, Coverdale Farm, Greenville, DE, 10-5
Oct. 13-14 - 55th Annual Catoctin Colorfest, Thurmont, MD, 9-5
Oct. 20 - Farm Museum Apple Butter Making, Elkton, MD, 10-4
Nov. 3 - Patuxent Refuge Center Holiday Bazaar, Laurel, MD, 9-3
Nov. 10 - Holiday Craft Fair, Salem Community College, Davidow Hall & Fieldhouse, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carney's Point, NJ, 9AM -2PM
Nov. 17-18 - Annual Artisans Show, Center for the Creative Arts, Yorklyn, DE, 10-5 both days
Nov. 23-24 - Holiday Crafts Show, Cape May, NJ Convention Center, 10-4
Dec. 1 - Hodgson Vocational-Technical High School Craft Show, Glasgow, DE, 9-4
Dec. 7-8 - Winter Arts Festival, Wilmington Delaware Art Museum, Friday, noon to 8 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM -4 PM
Labor Day weekend is filled with stuff-to-do. But you can fit the Arden Fair into your itinerary on Saturday, the 1st. It is so nice, you'll talk about it with all your friends!
Sunday, Sept. 9 is the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce show - packed house - but it's roomy, so you'll fit in comfortably.
Sept. 12 is a mid-week venture into fine dining, Maryland style. It's the 5th Annual Crab Cake Challenge. It only runs 4 hours, but it's quality time!
Then comes Artsfest - their 25th anniversary. I'm on the wooded path, #22, a favored location, surrounded by peaceful delectitude, a word I made up for the occasion.
And before the next weekend even gets started, I'll be at Ocean City MD's Sunfest - booth 42 under the big top #2. It runs Thursday through Sunday, 10AM to 10PM the first three nights. If you would like to be a 'booth-sitter' while I take an afternoon nap, make yourself known.
Finally, for September shows, there is the Harford County Wine Festival. They have established a VIP hour (for 90 minutes) prior to the general opening at 1 PM. My gut feeling is that they will have no idea how to determine the success of this endeavor. And next year they'll "do it like we always do it".
The Harvest Moon Festival is just one day this year. They have reserved Sunday for a rain date, but surely rain is not in the forecast.
Westward ho - to Thurmont, MD's Catoctin Colorfest Oct. 13-14. If you haven't experienced this show, it's a must at least once in your lifetime! The whole town is one gigantic fair/show/festival/yard sale. I'll be ensconced in space #93, just inside the Community Park, where all the juried artisans are.
Oct. 20 is the Apple Butter Making at the Cecil County Farm Museum, newly located at 912 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD. I think you'll enjoy this venue.
On Nov. 3 the Patuxent Refuge Center holds their Holiday Bazaar. It's located just south of Laurel MD, and is best known for reversing the likely extinction of the Whooping Crane. Come and enjoy the grounds, and see some really nice artwork.
As mentioned previously, the show at the Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ has discontinued, due to retirement. But I'm still coming to New Jersey! Nov 10, one day only, is the Holiday Craft Fair, Salem Community College, Davidow Hall & Fieldhouse, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carney's Point, NJ, 9AM -2PM. It is a fundraiser for the Salem County Christian Academy.
Nov. 17-18 is the Annual Artisans Show, at the Center for the Creative Arts, Yorklyn, DE, 10-5 both days. Top quality art in every room!
Nov. 23-24 - Fri. and Sat. immediately following Thanksgiving, is the Holiday Crafts Show, Cape May, NJ Convention Center, 10-4. That's twice in two weeks I'm supporting New Jersey shoppers' needs! (We can help each other.)
I'll be at Hodgson Vo-Tech. High School in Glasgow, DE on Dec. 1 from 9 to 4. Come visit - I'll be in "The Mall".
And the Delaware Art Museum closes out my schedule for 2018. It'll be Friday and Saturday, just like last year. See you there!
You've probably been wondering about all those pens. All right, you've got other things to wonder about. But I can't believe the unendedness of new pen designs. And I, of course, am coerced into keeping up with trends, and discovering that not everything new constitutes a trend. But Motorcycle Pens are probably going to stick around. I see a lot of folks wearing Harley Davidson garb. Surely they don't all have a "hog" but is it unreasonable to expect they'd like a pen? Hmm? I've got them! And Lever-action pens! And Revolver Click pens! And, and, and more!
John A. Styer, The Lathe-meister