Shaker Woods craft fest to return


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COLUMBIANA

The annual Shaker Woods Festival, a nationally recognized craft show and sale, will take place this weekend, and also Aug. 18-19 and 25-26, at Shaker Woods, 44337 County Line Road, which is off state Route 7, four miles north of state Route 14.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $8 (free for children 12 and under). Neither pets nor alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises. Children’s strollers are not recommended.

The Shaker Woods Festival, founded to honor the 18th-century Shaker community, offers more than 200 craftspeople, representing artists and crafts from all across the country.

Each juried craftsperson, dressed in Shaker period clothing, offers his/her wares in a cool, manicured, wooded area. The level grounds feature crushed-gravel footpaths for easy walking and access from acres of free parking.

Crafters demonstrate their unique skills without the use of modern conveniences – not even electricity.

The diverse crafts include basket weaving, blacksmithing, broommaking, leather work, paintings, pottery, quilts, custom garden stones, plants, toys, jewelry and woodwork. The items for sale range from small miniatures to rooms of custom-made furniture and hand-carved masterpieces. Some of the crafters exhibit only at the Shaker Woods Festival.

An extensive selection of food will be available, some cooked over an open fire.

Entertainment, from bluegrass music and cloggers to country and gospel, will be featured on all three stages throughout the festival.

Ken Tynan, chainsaw artist, will return to Shaker Woods on Aug. 11 and 12, where he will create three to four carvings each day.

For complete information and a schedule of entertainers, go to shakerwoods.com.

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