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Honoring Our Fine Craftsmen

by Mary Jane McCall

The Town of Highlands celebrates the 37th Highlands Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Highlands Civic Center at 600 North Fourth Street. Admission and parking for this event are free.

It’s often surprising to think of how many talented craftsmen live in our midst, and years ago the Highlands Women’s Club realized that local artisans needed a venue to showcase their talents. Thus began this increasingly popular craft fair, which continues to draw not only local artisans and visitors, but also those from throughout the region.

Artists love this show and many have been participating for many years.

Mark and Susan Kennedy have been involved with the Craft Show in Highlands for 10 years this year.

Susan explains that “We started when the Highlands Woman’s Club was in charge, then it changed hands and Rebecca Shuler is in charge of it now for the Town of Highlands. We love this show, as everything is planned out so well. We like attending shows where the biggest thing you have to worry about is making change for customers, and the best thing of all is meeting people from all areas of the country and some from out of country, such as Norway.”

Susan makes one-of-a-kind hand-quilted fabric purses, an intensive labor of love, since one purse takes a total of nearly 40 hours to complete. She and Mark both travel and take photographs from across the US and Canada, which they print and offer for sale. Theirs is a booth you won’t want to miss.

In addition, there is always a wide selection of arts and crafts of every imaginable kind – wood-working; fine handcrafted furniture; Christmas wreaths, ornaments and gifts; woven items; items in stone and clay; paintings; drawings; handcrafted knives; jewelry; candles; scarves and other textiles; hand-blown glass; pottery; and, homemade baked goods, jams, jellies and pickles.

Mark your calendars now to spend the morning or afternoon here. For more information, please call the Town of Highlands at (828) 526-2118.