Artisan & Vendor Fair held at the Caroga Museum

Greg Maklae of Gloversville displays his framed photos at the fair Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Richard Nilsen)
Nancy Purcell performs at the barn stage at the Craft and Artisan Fair Saturday in Caroga. (The Leader-Herald/Richard Nilsen)

Greg Maklae of Gloversville displays his framed photos at the fair Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Richard Nilsen)
CAROGA — Saturday, the Caroga Museum hosted an artisan and vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Doug Purcell, the museum director stated, “After years of competing with similar events in Stratford and Speculator, the trustees determined in 2019 to move the museum’s annual craft fair to a date one week earlier. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Twenty-four vendors signed up for the event. The items being offered by these vendors included a wide variety of jewelry, handmade totes, photographs, painted glassware, crocheted afghans, baby sweaters, wheel-thrown stoneware pottery, original books of poetry, children’s books, honey, maple syrup, soaps and lotions and woven towels and scarves.

Food for the event was available from Adirondack Concessions with an expanded menu for visitors to choose from. Food was available from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. In addition, Stewarts ice creams sundaes were available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Sherman’s Arcade exhibit had the popcorn popper running for fresh bags of popcorn. Also there was fresh baked items available at the bake sale.

A raffle was held with over a dozen gift baskets to choose from. This was in addition to a 50/50 raffle and the many gift certificates from local businesses and a selection of items from the vendors.

Visitors who missed the museum’s opening reception had an opportunity to speak with our July featured exhibitor, Sandra Peters. In addition to the photographs on display, Peters had a supply of note cards available for purchase featuring some of her favorite works.

Music was provided by a trio consisting of Nancy Purcell, Marilyn Fegley and Dan Graper from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Unvaccinated guests were required to wear face masks and socially distance in accordance with CDC and New York state Department of Health guidelines.

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