Conrad Weiser Homestead

May 2, 2020 ~ 9am-4pm


Free Entry ~ Rain/Shine


28 Weiser Lane, Womelsdorf, PA 19567


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Artisans

Jewelry, Leather & More

JODY’S JEWELRY & CRAFTS

Based in South Central Pennsylvania, Jody’s Jewelry & Crafts is a privately owned family business with a desire to provide beautiful jewelry & crafts for everyone. All of their jewelry & crafts are handcrafted using the best quality Austrian Swarovski crystals, genuine gems, genuine gemstones, freshwater pearls, glass pearls, hand collected outer banks sea glass & sea shells, findings, materials, yarns and threads available.

Redware

ROBESONIA REDWARE

A family tradition for nearly 80 years combined, they have produced top of the line, Pennsylvania German inspired redware from traditional reproductions to their own designs. They create pieces ranging from handmade figurines to sliptrailed and sgraffitoed plates, vessels and slab built works of art. They constantly strive for perfection on every piece from their special orders to their one-of-a-kind, museum quality pieces.

Jewelry

BEADWEAVER’S

An avid beader since 1993. Kelly Ziegler has been selling jewelry for over 25 years. In her booth and online you will find some of her favorite pieces from her ever-evolving exclusive line of jewelry, handcrafted right here, in PA. She offers a wide range of distinctive jewelry handcrafted with finest beads from around the world. Her jewelry is made from the highest quality materials, like vintage & antique components, precious metals, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal and glass beads. She like to mix things up and blend color and texture with vintage inspiration and attention to detail to get a look that is casual, elegant and fun. There are not too many techniques she hasn’t tried and she really likes to incorporate a range of them into individual pieces. She loves combining unusual elements like beadweaving with words she’s stamped on metal or other components she’s made, but her biggest inspiration comes from vintage & antique buttons & jewelry components that you will find in the majority of her pieces… most of which are 50-100 years old and a precious few even date back to the 1800’s.

Jewelry

A LITTLE SPARKLE

Kerry Rohrbach, the owner and designer of A Little Sparkle Jewelry has been designing jewelry and accessories since 2006. All jewelry is handmade in Reading,PA and she uses many different recycled elements in her designs. Kerry I has such nostalgia for antiques and loves being outside as this is where her inspiration comes from. She takes great pride in her work, and loves coming up with new designs and limited editions of her collections every season. She loves keeping her customers happy and strives to give the best service possible, even making custom pieces to help her customers find just the right piece of jewelry for themselves or for a gift!  

Glass

MORIN-TERPRETATIONS BY SAM

Stained and fused glass items for home and garden. Also, upcycled garden art incorporating stained glass.

Metal

FURNACE CREEK FORGE

Allen Schaeffer has been hammering hot steel since the mid-nineties. He is a juried member of the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen and also a member of PABA (Pennsylvania Artists-Blacksmith Association). While trying to better himself by exploring the art and mystery of blacksmithing, Allen is learning not only the old ways of this historical trade but also new and modern techniques while always expanding his skills.

Fiber

DEVINE DESIGNS

Conceptual designers Denise Devine Koller & Renee Devine Tracey (sisters) have over 40 yrs. of designing experience. Their name originated from their maiden name “Devine” and their goal is to offer you heavenly, divine, one of a kind quality jewelry, accessories and clothing at affordable prices! Some of their jewelry designs include, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets. They also create beautiful silk and wool blend scarves, shawls, scharfs (cross between a scarf and a shawl), ponchos, jackets and vests.

Sculpture

IRONWOOD FORGE

Tracy is a self-taught blacksmith artist who creates art from recycled materials. He uses, repurposes, or upcycles discarded material, old rusty tools and unique pieces of metal, then gives them a new life. He uses a forge, anvil, hand tools and where needed a welder. Just like in nature these creations are unique and no two are identical. His recent creations are stamped with a Celtic ruin meaning “Joy”. He hopes these unique creations bring “Joy” to you as much as they do to him.

Painting

BILL KASSEL FINE ART

Born in Chester County in 1951, Bill Kassel considers himself to be a Contemporary Realist. He started painting around the age of 12 and developed his interest in painting through his high school art classes. His passion for painting was fueled by other Chester Country arts and the works of Norman Rockwell inspired him. He also has a passion for Colonial Williamsburg and other historical sites. As an artist, he is inspired by everything around him. He is fascinated by the hidden color and textures that can be found in light and shadow. A primary goal of his art is to bring awareness to the wonderful world that surrounds us. He tries to capture this vision in his paintings so others can see the beauty as he sees it. His subject matter is primarily from the Chester, Berks and Lebanon County areas of Pennsylvania. While he sometimes works with acrylics & oil, his favorite medium is gouache because of its versatility. He mainly works with gouache and watercolors. A graduate of Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, his works are included in many collections throughout the east coast.

Soap

SOAPS BY ELIZABETH

Soap making is a centuries old craft that was necessary for all households. Elizabeth’s soap making experience started about 7 years ago. Since then, Elizabeth has become a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and a certified soap maker. The joy in combining natural oils, caustic soda and essential or fragrance oils to produce a bathing experience that cature’s one’s senses is truly exciting. The mystical chemisty behind the saponification process is both intriguing and rewarding to produce eye catching designs that are both fun and healthy for one’s body. To add to the experience, Elizabeth adds various lotions and spa products that both compliment her artisan soap and enhance the overall bathing experience.

Clay

SUSAN’S CERAMICS

Handmade ceramic pottery.

Painting

VICTORIA LAWRENCE VISUAL ART

Acrylic, hand re-touched prints of Victoria’s original works of art.

Fiber

SKEINES

A few years ago, Angela Krick knit her husband a hat and everywhere he wore it, people would ask him about it and where he bought it. A coworker requested a hat so Angela gifted him one and he also reported that wherever he went, people wanted to know about the hat. That is when Anglea and her husband, Chuck, realized that people were attracted to the color because it is not something they can find in retail stores. They started Skeines making hats in 2018. They source undyed yarn from suppliers that can certify that the animals and the environment are treated with respect during the wool growing process. The yarn is dyed by one of several methods in their shop, then dried and wound on to cones. Of course, wool is a renewable resource because after their once a year shearing, sheep return to the field to grow more wool. Their product line has expanded, but all of their products still offer unique combinations of color that you will not find anywhere else.

Furniture

THE COUNTRY CARPENTER

Beautiful handmade primitive and country wood furniture and accessories.

Weaving

HOMESTEAD WEAVING

About 3 years ago, James Anspach’s wife, Charlene, went to a gourd festival at the Lebanon Expo and joined the PA Gourd Society.  Being retired, James agreed to tag along to the workshops.  That’s where he got hooked weaving on gourds!  That was about 3 years ago. Since James’ retirement has left him with plenty of time on his hands, his creative wife now has a creative husband. They enjoy a lot of time together creating gourd baskets and more.

Photography

DOGS IN DOORS

Meet your personal pet photographer, Greg, who will collaborate with you to create beautiful studio pet portraits. His goal is always quite simple: Capture Spirit, for he believes that the greatest treasures in life find us, rather than the other way around.  His pet photography studio is living proof. Greg has always had a love of animals, photography, antiques, architecture, and art.  A couple of years ago, infinity pulled all of his favorite passions together and Dogs in Doors was born. This pet photography studio is a labor of love.  A very talented craftsman and Greg did all of the construction and the project combines all of Greg’s favorite energies into one singular artistic expression. Greg creates beautiful, unique and uncommon professional dog photography/pet photography, pet portraits and family portraits with pets, that not only illustrate the spirit & energy of the pets, but also capture the bond between the pets and their humans that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Repurposed

RELOVE BY LILLIAN

Based in Skippack, PA, Lillian Given has been repurposing vintage china into stands for the past several years after she left her corporate position at a Fortune 100 company. Her love for vintage and antique pieces and the love for hunting such pieces has made her who she is today. Most of the pieces she sells are one-of-a-kind. They are items she finds during her treasure hunts at estate sales and antique stores. A vintage cup and saucer are converted into a jewelry holder or a candy dish. A set of plates becomes a 2or 3-tiered fruit or dessert stand that can be used for dinner parties, baby or bridal showers and tea parties. She meticulously researches each piece for its provenance. Some of her fine bone china is from the 40’s or 50’s and includes Limoges, France; Noritake, Japan; Wedgwood and Queen Anne, England.

Painting

JOHN STEVENS WATERCOLORS

John Stevens was born and raised in northern Maryland near the Mason Dixon line. An early interest in photography led John to spend much of his youth exploring and photographing the old barns, mills and farm houses that dotted the Maryland-Pennsylvania Mason Dixon region. Primarily self-taught, John credits the time spent as a youth photographing and developing pictures in the dark room with helping him develop a strong sence of composition, and a good understanding of dark and light values that are so evident in the watercolors he paints today. A high school drafting class introduced the young student to two and three point perspective, thus forming the final leg in the stool that lead the artist to begin experimenting with drawing and painting. Stevens work is noted for its uncommon attention to detail and his ability to pull the viewer into the painting , often leaving the viewer with a sense of deeper understanding about the subject matter. John’s work hangs in many corporate and private collections across the United States. John and his wife, Sarah, own the historic 1770 Nolts Mill located in the heart of the Amish tourism area of Lancaster, Pa., which has been renovated and now serves as a gallery of their work.

Signs

RANAEBORDENART

Hand-painted, reverse glass paintings, engraved flags, hand painted/finished signs, table-tops and engraved Hex signs.

Ceramics

ART OF THE EARTH

Art of the Earth is handmade Pottery created by Kate Gambini. The majority of her work is wheel thrown and she specializes in whimsical hand carved designs that make each piece unique.

Woolens

JANICE SONNEN

Janice has been hooking rugs and sewing penny rugs for 18 years. She is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen. For the past ten years, she has been selected as one of 200 craftsmen for the Early American Life Directory of Craftsmen. She teaches rug hooking and penny rugs at various places, demonstrates at homesteads and gives presentations on hooking and penny rugs to organizations. Her book on penny rugs, published by Schiffer Publishing, is called, “Penny Rugs – Sewing Wool Applique”.

Woodturning

CRAFTED BY CLEON

Woodturned pens, backscratchers and more.

Fraktur

NANCY LANDIS

Nancy Landis is a Lancaster county native who specializes in traditional Pennsylvania German Fraktu. This colonial art form began in the southeastern counties of Pennsylvania, and is a blend of European illuminated wrtiting and folk art imagery. Often, frakturs are created as certificates to commemorate births, baptisms, weddings or other life milestones. Other times they impart wisdom and humor or showcase genealogical history. Nancy met and fell in love with this art form during her years as a museum educator at Landis Valley Museum. She has been creating customized frakturs since 2004. Nancy uses traditional methods for her art; dip ink pen and watercolor on archival watercolor paper. She received her degree in art from Allegheny College and her teaching certification from Millersville University. Her artwork can be seen at www.NancyLandis.com.


Kids Corner


Food

BBQ

SMOKEHOUSE FOOD TRUCK LLC

Serving smoked brisket, pulled pork, smokehouse sampler, smoked chicken, smoked sausage, summer salad, portobella mushroom, cole slaw, mac & cheese, seasoned fries, chocolate ricotta donuts, assorted sodas, iced tea and water.

Kettle & Roasted Corn

TWOCAN KETTLE CORN

Serving kettle corn, roasted corn-on-the-cob and water.

Various

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH

Serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, hamburger BBQ, baked goods, soda, water and chicken noodle soup.

Candy

LORI’S CANDY STATION

Serving homemade chocolates, cinnamon glazed nuts, seasoned saltines and hand dipped ice cream (weather permitting).

Specialty Drinks

THE PERKUP TRUCK

Serving hot and iced coffee; espresso drinks; smoothies; hot chocolate; frozen hot chocolate; hot, iced or frozen chai; frozen lemonade; fresh made juices; fresh brewed iced tea; hot tea; sweet tea.


Entertainment

Celtic Harp

CATHLEEN HOLLEN

Cathleen has been a freelance musician for over 20 years. She has provided musical entertainment for countless events from weddings to historical reenactments. Specializing in traditional Celtic music from the British Isles, she adds a touch of old world charm to any occasion. Cathleen also plays a penny whistle, hammered dulcimer, bodhran and other percussion instruments though the Celtic harp is her true love. She performs both as a solo artist and as a member of several ensembles and harp orchestra.

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Be sure to thank the entertainers for sharing their talents. Your tips are welcomed and appreciated!.