Cumberland Times-News


October 8, 2010

Keyser High sets Harvest Holiday

Oct. 23 event a fundraiser for two school landscaping projects

— KEYSER, W.Va. — The splendor of West Virginia’s fall foliage will mix with crafts, food and fun when Keyser High School hosts its annual arts and crafts festival, Harvest Holiday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 23.

The high school’s hallways will be lined with a diverse collection of artists and craftspeople. More than 80 vendors will showcase their talents.

Crafts will include pottery, stoneware, porcelain, glass, woodworking, baskets, candles, jewelry, bears, toys, dried-flower arrangements and wreaths.

Shoppers may also select from a wide range of books. In addition, numerous Christmas decorations and ornaments will be available. Also offered will be country and primitive home decor, including wooden signs, country furniture and yard art.

Artists will display pen and ink drawings, photography, watercolors and pastels.

Fiber artists will show woven and woolen scarves and blankets, rag woven rugs, felted hats, aghans and tatting. Appliqued shirts, children’s clothing, pillows, table linens, totes and purses will also be represented.

Spa items will include soaps, lotions, liniments and ointments.

Other popular items will be wooden scrollwork, woodcarvings, gourds with wood-burned designs, Nantucket, Cherokee and tile-bottomed baskets and live plants.

Among the new offerings at the festival will be handmade journals, hand-tied fishing flies, stained glass, tole painting, frontier leather work, quilted comforters, wall hangings, tablerunners, purses and olivewood and linens from the Holy Land.

Food gift items will include hardtack candy, fudge, spices, honey, jams and jellies.

The aroma of concessions will also fill the air, including pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken on a stick, Italian sausage, burritos, tacos, salads in shells, crab cakes, barbecued pork and Philadelphia-style steak sandwiches. Other choices will be homemade soups, vegetable wraps, pepperoni rolls and nachos.

In addition, home-baked breads, pies, pastries, pumpkin rolls and apple dumplings will be available. Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, sno-cones and flavored pork rinds and popcorn will be sold.

Individuals and vendors are donating items, gift baskets and gift certificates for a silent auction.

Harvest Holiday is being coordinated by two KHS organizations, ACES and Hi-Y, as a fundraiser for a major landscaping project at the school. The clubs plan to construct a serenity garden with a hardscape labyrinth for school and community use. Students need to raise more than $20,000 for the plan to become a reality.

The event is open to the public free of charge and parking is free. For more information, contact Cassie Delaney or Vickie Saville, faculty advisers, at Keyser High School, 304-788-4230.

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