Seven new exhibitors will be introduced at the fifth annual Artisans' Porchwalk, a fine art and craft show to be held on eight porches and lawns throughout downtown Lititz, Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. A total of 38 artisans have been invited to exhibit and sell their work at the Porchwalk based on uniqueness, quality and popularity. The show is carefully juried, and its committee looks for items that will keep customers coming back each year.
Wood is the material of choice for three new exhibitors: Dennis Matthews of Berks County will be ready for Christmas shoppers with painted gameboards, Scott Griffith of Quarryville will demonstrate and sell turned wood gift items and Loretta and Ron Headlee of Downingtown will exhibit detailed painted wooden Santas based on Christmas traditions all over the world.
Wool and other natural fibers will be used by four new exhibitors on the Porchwalk: Candi Schray fashions small storybook character animals out of wool, Sandie Painter from New Holland creates wool "Sunday Rugs,' an appliquÃ&Copy;d home accessory from the 1800s, and Shirley Bowser, Manheim, interprets the "penny rug' in tabletop accessories. Nancy Fair Begnini is a Lititz textile artist who enjoys painting the warp thread of her contemporary weavings.
Returning artists include artists Andy Smith, Debra L. Smith, Steve Leed, Annie Giblin, Linda Wohlberg, Sandra Roland, and Linda Brubaker, all of Lititz. Pottery will be exhibited by Pat Meyers, and Steve de Perrot. Tilly Schouten and Sharon Schaich create scherenschnitte, Doug Shaw carves wooden utensils and figures, and Diana Hertzler will show garden flags and beaded accessories. Fiber artists include woven shawls and scarves by Margaret Weber, silk and chenille scarves by Betsy Dillon, hooked rugs by Joyce Rickenback, handbags and accessories by Portia Bowman, and quilted wall hangings by Brenda Stauffer. Janice Amanda creates traditional baskets; John Shultz designs and makes sundials. Jewelry designers include Lauri Loar (metal) and Sharon Carlucci (lampworked glass beads and wire wrapped bracelets and accessories). Grandmothers will be charmed by Janet Steffy and Joanne Hess's Teepees for Tots.
John and Linda Beazley of Pottstown use paper mache to create whimsical animals. Harold Ruth of Maryland fashions three dimensional stars from tin, and Heather Botchlet of the Springerle House in Strasburg creates cookies and painted ornaments. Deborah Jarrett brings her sawdust dolls and Bob Schultz his Shaker boxes. Deborah Roberson of Hellam is an award winning basket maker.
Porchwalk houses will be marked by rocking chair signs and brochures with maps will be available at the Lititz Train Station in the Park, Dosie Dough Bakery, and at each stop on the tour. A beautiful Pine Burr Quilt created by several of the exhibiting artists will be raffled at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11. The quilt is displayed on Main Street in downtown Lititz in the Sovereign Bank window until Oct. 10. Raffle tickets for $l each or 6/$5 can be purchased at the Sassy Tassel on Main Street or at each Porchwalk Tour Stop on Oct. 10 and 11. Raffle ticket proceeds benefit the Lititz/Warwick Community Chest.
Lititz will also be bursting with sweets on Saturday, Oct. 11 when chocolatiers and candymakers will be showing their talents in 17 downtown Lititz locations for the annual Chocolate Walk. A $10 button will enable walkers to sample candy and chocolate delights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The proceeds of the button sales benefit the Kiwanis Youth Programs, the Lititz Library and Schreiber Pediatric Clinic.