Louise Stith decorates a tree with a christmas ornament she made at the Holiday Craft Fair at the Fairfield Senior Center Saturday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Craft show crowd steady at Senior Center

By From page A3 | November 11, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Christmas craft shows were aplenty Saturday in Solano County, and the competition among vendors was strong.

That didn’t stop local vendors from enjoying themselves at this year’s Senior Center craft fair, however. This annual fair has been at the Senior Center for more than three decades after it was started by fellow crafters Betty Almstrom and Yolanda Messer.

The event drew about 50 vendors this year, who filled the Senior Center space – nearly bumping elbows. There was plenty of competition between jewelers and crafters selling Christmas decor. In between, there were unique pieces and creative creations like “redneck wind chimes” made of empty beer cans, or lit Santa Clause gourds.

Jenel Hagemann and Bruce Lippstreu offered some functional and eco-friendly art with Cart Part Art sculptures. The duo have been creating art pieces using old car and tractor parts donated to them from friends, family and local auto and tractor companies.

Some of their pieces are purely artistic and others served a more functional purpose, such as a dog figure made of car parts that could be either a potted plant holder or a dog dish.

The crowds remained slow but steady throughout the day, though some vendors said numerous craft shows probably drew away some crowds. Still, local residents like Lucille Bicks keep coming back to this annual fair because, she said, she knows it’s all well-made and unique.

“I like to get my family gifts that are different,” she said.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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