Christmas Crafters in Hagerstown

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Frosty the Snowman at the Kris Kringle Craft Show

One of the Autumn activites we enjoy is to visit the many regional craft shows that are put on leading up to the hodiay season. I've written elsewhere in these pages about going to the annual Christmas Mart and luncheon at Pohick Church in Lorton Virginia. At one craft show this fall, one of the vendors recommended we take in the Kris Kringle Craft Show in Hagerstown, Maryland. It was set the weekend before Thanksgiving and was limited to vendors who actually made their merchandise by hand. 

Hagerstown is in central Maryland, about a 90 minute drive from us. The Kris Kringle Craft Show took place in the field house (gym) of Hagerstown Community College. It was certainly a popular show! The gym floor was acked with vendors and shoppers.

Kris Kringle Craft Show entrance
There was hardly any room to navigate the many stalls for all the people! All manner of holiday and gift goods were on display. Christmas decorations made of wood and greens and jewelry, glasswork, and woodwork of all descriptions. I like the crafters who take found objects, like old typewriter keys, watch gears, broken china and crystal and fashion jewelry and pendants out of it. They are very creative! Unusual vendors included one fellow who fashioned deer antler handles for cutlery, serving spoons, spatulas, and cheese knives and another whose line of leather goods included a display of pistol holsters. Food vendors were present also, with baked goods, peanuts, beef jerkey, cheese, and soups. We bought some pumpkin bread, peanuts, and a cheese sread flavored with Old Bay Seasoning.

After the show, we went into downtown Hagerstown for lunch. I had not visited the downtown Hagerstown Historic District before, and welcomed  this oportunity. Hagerstown remidns me very much of Winchester, Virginia. Not surprising as both cities were founded by German immigrants in the 18th century. Wincheter is the more roserous looking, but Hagerstown is working on its reviving National Register Historic District as the Arts and Entertainment District. Many interesting buildings line Potomac Street and so, of course, I photographed them. We had lunch at the Schmankerl Stube, a German restaurant.

Zagnut66 says:
I didn't realize Hagerstown had a historic district. Some great architecture.
Posted on: Nov 29, 2014
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Frosty the Snowman at the Kris Kri…
Frosty the Snowman at the Kris Kr…
Kris Kringle Craft Show entrance
Kris Kringle Craft Show entrance
Kris Kringle Craft Show
Kris Kringle Craft Show
Kris Kringle Craft Show
Kris Kringle Craft Show
Kris Kringle Craft Show
Kris Kringle Craft Show
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Community College
First Hose Fire Company (1881)
First Hose Fire Company (1881)
Maryland Theatre
Maryland Theatre
Masonic Lodge (1898)
Masonic Lodge (1898)
Schindel-Rohrer Building (1888/191…
Schindel-Rohrer Building (1888/19…
Glasswork detail.
Glasswork detail.
Colonial Theatre (1918)
Colonial Theatre (1918)
Architrave detail
Architrave detail
South Potomac Street
South Potomac Street
Modern Public Library
Modern Public Library
Public Square
Public Square
Typical stone house of the region
Typical stone house of the region
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photo by: Andy99