Christmas Crafters in Hagerstown
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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.
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.