John A. Styer
P. O. Box 250
North East, Md., 21901
web site: www.lathe-meister.com
The Lathe Ledger
September, 2017 Edition
End of Summer Alert!
Someone pointed out today, as I'm gathering my wits about me for this newsletter, that autumn is just one month away. At the time, I thought that reminder somewhat rude, however, in hindsight, the only objection I have to autumn is that it jams right into winter. But enough of that. Here's my upcoming schedule:
Sept. 2 - 110th Arden Fair, space #77, Arden, DE, 9-6
Sept. 10 - 44th Annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival, space #93, Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD, 10-5
Sept. 16-17 - Artsfest, space #35, Dowell (Solomon's Island), MD, 10-5
Sept. 21-24 - Sunfest, tent#2, booth #42, Ocean City, MD, 10AM-10PM!!!
Sept. 30 - Harford County Wine Festival, Rockfield Manor, Bel Air, MD, 12-6
Oct. 7-8 - Harvest Moon Festival, under the barn eve, Coverdale Farm, Greenville, DE, 10-5
Oct. 14-15 - 54th Annual Catoctin Colorfest, space #93 in the Community Park, Thurmont, MD, 9-5
Nov. 4 - Friends of Patuxent Holiday Bazaar, National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, MD, 9-3
Nov. 11-12 - Jersey Shore Artisans Guild, Music Pier, Ocean City, NJ, 10-5
Nov. 18-19 - Annual Artisan's Show, Center for the Creative Arts, Yorklyn, DE 10-5 & 10-3!
Nov. 24-25 - Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts, Convention Center, Cape May, NJ, 10-4
Dec. 2 - Hodgson Craft Show, 9-4
Dec. 8-9 - Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, noon-8 & 9-3
The first Saturday in September, for 110 years, is the Arden Fair. You shouldn't miss it, since it's probably on your bucket list. They have a rain date of the following day, however, that has only been exercised once in my brief experience with them. I'm forecast to be in space #77, important information for me, but not so much for you. By the time I get set up, and sprinkle some of my ambiance (wood shavings) around, which I often do at outdoor shows, you will no longer see the space number. But you'll find me, because you'll see every one of the 110 artists!
The following Sunday, Sept. 10, is the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce's 44th annual Arts & Crafts Festival. It runs for several blocks on Frederick Rd., so you cannot possibly get lost. It is a one day show, with no rain date.
The 3rd weekend in September (written in stone!) is Artsfest, down in Solomon's Island, MD. It's a beautiful place, I'm at space #35 along the wooded path, and I invite you to enjoy a slice of heaven with me.
I'll barely be home before heading back down south, to Ocean City, MD, for Sunfest. My booth is #42 in tent #2 (a big top!). This show runs from 10AM to 10PM, which ordinarily is not an issue. However, when I'm at home, often heading for bed well after 10PM, I often take the luxury of an afternoon nap. So if you enter booth #42, and nobody appears to be there, lift the table skirt, just in case I'm under it exercising a nap option.
The last Saturday of September, the 30th, is the Harford County Wine Festival. It's at Rockfield Manor just east of Bel Air, MD, and runs noon to 6PM.
The first weekend of October is Delaware Nature Center's Harvest Moon Festival on Coverdale Farm. They ask you to leave your pets at home, due to often opposing views from the farm animals. This is the show where I bring my mini-lathe, and do some demonstrating. I've had the pleasurable experience over the years of bring small plastic bags along with me, so that children can take some wood shavings home with them. It has eliminated clean-up for me.
Oct. 14-15 is the 54th annual Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont, MD. I'll be at space #93 in the community park, just inside the entrance on the left side. It is always quite a popular show, which means that you should wear comfortable shoes. The entire town is a craft show. There is walking to be done.
This is a busy time of year for me, and there are at least three other events in mid October in which I could participate, if I weren't in Thurmont. C'est la vie. Unaccountably, I'm "off" for the next two weekends.
Nov. 4 is the Patuxent Wildlife Center show. It is just one day, from 9AM to 3PM. If you've never been there, you should come. Take a tram ride around the property, check out the museum, the visitor's center, and stop for a chat with me!
Next on my schedule is the Jersey Shore Artisan's Guild holiday celebration at the Music Pier, in Ocean City, NJ. All the art work is guaranteed to be made by the artists at the show. You'll be awestruck by their quality work.
Closing out November is the Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show at Cape May's Convention Center. As always, it is Thanksgiving Friday and Saturday
A little closer to home for me is the Hodgson Craft Show, in Glasgow, DE, on Saturday, Dec. 2. I'm generally on "the mall", which, if it were a church, would be the narthex.
And finally, the Delaware Art Museum's Winter Arts Festival. They have changed the schedule this year, to noon to 8PM on Friday, Dec. 8, and 9AM to 3PM on Saturday the 9th.
In all likelihood, I'll have some of my work displayed at the Cecil County Arts Council, in Elkton, MD, throughout December. That is, unless I've sold everything and there's nothing left. Perhaps you should not let that possibility eventuate.
See you at a show!
John A. Styer, The Lathe-meister