Saturday, November 27, 2010

Homestead Heritage Craft Fair Weekend

Homestead Heritage Craft Fair has been a highlight of the year for us for many years now, nearing two decades actually.
I love to walk the paths past the craft booths, smell the wholesome food cooking, watch the demonstrations of rope making, spinning, weaving, quilting, pottery, soap making, work horses plow the field, and see the animals. Its nice for me to see an entire community live like I do in so many ways. Yes, its true, I know how to do many of the things they demonstrate, but there is a silent bond that is formed with these folk as they do the same crafts of old that I love so dearly.
Melanie and Mei-Ling came with us and Mei had a wonderful time, not a plastic toy in sight but she played and played, with rocks, and with tiny sticks. She loved seeing all the animals and eating home made ice cream and seeing all the pretty quilts and dolls. She enjoyed playing with Papa on the bench, while her mother and I shopped. The air was crisp and wintry, but we were dressed for it. It felt festive and the hot cider and warm apple cider doughnut tasted extra good.
Its wonderful to realize that all the crafts made at this fair are made by the children and young people of the community. The workmanship is superb. Done with care to every detail.
It is a place that refreshes my soul year after year.

More pictures to come !

1 comment:

Teri said...

I always look forward to your Homestead Heritage posts - I love seeing the old ways! :) When I was young and living in Ohio, I loved seeing the Amish buggies on the road and visiting the SMELLY cheese factories. We don't have something similar in Arizona and I miss it, and wish my own children had those memories. Hopefully, we'll get back to Amish country in the next couple of years.

Thanks for always sharing,
(P.S. I haven't had internet since July and have missed checking in on MorningRamble - so good to catch up!)

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