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22nd Annual Crosslake Artisan’s Fair

Web posted August 5, 2014
Crosslake Area Historical Society’s Artisan’s Fair will be held on Sunday, August 10 at the Historic Log Village across from the Crosslake Corps of Engineers Dam and Campground in downtown Crosslake at 35404 County Road 3.

Over 35 artisans will be situated throughout the Historic Log Village displaying crafts reminiscent of 1900. As in prior years artisans will demonstrate their crafts as they sell their wares.

The day will start at 10:00 AM and continue until 4:00 PM. It is a family friendly day with something for everyone of every age. There will be soap making, candle dipping, hand spinning, pottery, weaving, blacksmithing and much more!

Blacksmith Jim Newgord from Pillager is returning this year to demonstrate in the newly built blacksmith shop. Gordon Siemers will show off his homemade birdhouses. Local resident, Mary Dischinger will be rendering lard over a fire in her grandfather’s kettle for soap making. Bunny Geiger from Timothy Township will demonstrate candle dipping. Allan Hochsprung, wood turner will display some beautiful bowls and vases he’s made. Walter Grittner is a wood carver in his 90s who travels from St Cloud to show off his craft. Sheryl & Robert Gormley from Backus will demonstrate spinning and weaving. Gail Smith along with Patty Schroeder will share the art of rug hooking. Marilyn Trachenko makes the trip from Plymouth with her rug braiding. Be sure to bring your dull knives to be professionally sharpened by Dan Coleman who comes from Park Rapids.

New to this year’s event is Ted Norlin from Crosby who will demonstrate the art of rope making. Dave Hudson from Bemidji will return to exhibit his talents on the potter’s wheel. Candace Simar from Pequot Lakes will be on hand to talk to visitors about her books, the Abercrombie Trail series.

There will be special activities for the kids including corn-husking contests and a scavenger hunt. Donna Balzer will lead the children’s games, storyteller Paul Karl will entertain the youngsters and there will be a craft activity taught in the school house.

There will be a guest appearance by “Bobber” the water safety dog from the Corps of Engineers.

All the buildings in the Historic Log Village will be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers in period costume. Step into Crosslake of 1900 and see the log building that was the first official school on the Whitefish Chain, the Ostlund home that was built by August Ostlund and his son, Charles in the late 1800s, the first Watertown Township Town Hall and a replica of the first Crosslake store. Take a look in the Livery where you’ll see the original Whitefish Chain Mail boat, a 1949 Chris-Craft, restored by Ronnie Schultz and Joe Ruttger plus many other exhibits of Crosslake’s past.

Parking will be available at the Frandsen Bank, on the street, at the Campgrounds and in the museum parking lot. You can have lunch on the grounds and spend the day.

If you or someone you know would like to join the artisans and demonstrate a pioneer craft, please call Mary Dischinger at 218-692-3188 or Nancy Rudberg at 218-692-2309 to arrange for a position in the event.

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