The Crosslake Area Historical Society's Artisans Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Log Village in downtown Crosslake, across from the Corps of Engineers Dam and Campground.
Artisans situated throughout the village will demonstrate their crafts as they sell their wares. There will be special activities and crafts for the kids, including corn-husking contests and a scavenger hunt. Lunch will be available on the grounds.
Strolling musicians Kai and Bridget Allen will entertain with guitar and violin and Ken Benson will provide accordion music.
At Sunday's Artisans Fair, artisans situated throughout the village will demonstrate their crafts as they sell their wares.
Returning artisans include Dennis Anderson from Aitkin, who brings a wide variety of antiques, furs and crafts; and Jim DeOtis from Garrison with his deer hide drums. Bring your dull knives for a professional sharpening by Dan Coleman from Park Rapids. Also, Barbara Morgan from Brainerd will demonstrate and display her rose mauling painted bags, boxes and books, Terry Metz from Scandia will demonstrate Chicken Scratch embroidery, Marilyn Trachenko from Plymouth will feature the art of rug braiding, Ali Logeais will demonstrate the art of Scherenschnitte (paper cutting) and Gail Smith and Patty Schroeder will exhibit rug hooking.
Also featured will be candle dipping by Bunny Geiger, making of lye soap by Mary Hoag and blacksmith work by James Newgord. Courtney Von Fossen from Nisswa will instruct children in the pioneer process of making butter and Dianne and Tom Fulton from Aitkin and Cheryl Gormley from Backus will spin and weave. Esther Fruth from Pequot Lakes will offer jams and jellies.
The village will be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers in period costume. Step into Crosslake 1900 and see the log building that served as the first official school on the Whitefish Chain and the Ostlund home that was built by August Ostlund and his son, Charles, around 1892. See the first Watertown Township Town Hall and a replica of the first Crosslake store. The historic Whitefish Chain mail boat also will be on display in the new Livery building, along with an exhibit by the Northern Trackers Railroad Club. Enjoy a cold glass of root beer in the saloon served up by barkeep Michael Fraser.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children and babes in arms get in free.
Parking will be available at Northern National Bank, on the street, at the campgrounds and in the museum parking lot.
To join the artisans and demonstrate a pioneer craft, call Mary Hoag at (218) 692-3188.
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