Weekend Crafters

NORTHVILLE – Close to 65 artisans, jewelers, painters, potters, sculptors and woodworkers came out to sell their wares during the sixth annual Northville Rotary Club’s Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend on Saturday in the village.

Rotary Club President Jeff Meuwissen said the event draws between 5,000 to 6,000 people, but more were expected this year. He said getting an exact number was difficult because no admission fee was charged.

Meuwissen said this year’s event had more artists than ever before. The artists came from across the state, with one coming from Massachusetts.

By 11 a.m., more than 100 people were already shopping at the various booths and meeting with the artists.

Several people were placing their bids on items in the silent auction, and lines formed at the catering tent set up by Joe Lanzi of Sport Island Pub.

The booths sold everything from stained glass panels and baskets to wooden flutes and caricature drawings.

Meuwissen said the Rotary currently has a waiting list of artists who want to take part in the show. He said organizers try to keep from having too many of one type of vendor for variety, and to keep from outgrowing the location.

Sandy Stone of Albany came to the show for the first time to support a friend. Stone said she was enjoying the event and the warm weather the area was experiencing.

Darrell Altizer of Temple of Tools Woodworking in Peru, Clinton County, said he was making his fourth appearance at the show. Altizer said he was asked to come to the show after being spotted at Eagle Mills Annual Craft Fair.

“It’s usually a good crowd here,” Altizer said.

He came with items such as nutcrackers and children’s toys that drew shoppers, several of whom pointed out his wooden neckties. Altizer joked they were all set to go and never needed to be retied.

Sue Breslin came to the event to help spread the word about the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne. She said she was enjoying being at the show and decided to come out to support the local community.

She said the event had been going well so far for her, and the crowd had been nice to talk to.

The event will continue today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brandt Building and the park on Main Street in the village. Admission is free and any proceeds go to support the Rotary’s scholarship program, projects and local community organizations.