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B'ville: Holiday open house and sale

Long time Cold Springs residents Clara Rose Thomas, Walt Thomas and Kit Thompson initiated in 1980 what has become an annual tradition of shopping for authentic colonial crafts.

Originally held the weekend before Thanksgiving this popular event has been expanded to include the post Thanksgiving weekend as well. The setting is relaxed and welcoming at the Thomas home on 370 near Baldwinsville. Hot mulled cider is provided for shoppers, who can then stroll along a circuitous route surrounded by a medley of skillfully created gift items. Joining the trio are George and Irene Gates, Bob and Helen Melvin, Marion Tetrault and Michelle Kitts.

Clara Rose and Walt Thomas produce hand woven articles featuring time-honored colors and patterns. Walt handcrafts traditional fireplace brooms on his hand made broom making machine with homegrown broomcorn. Clara Rose showcases wall hangings, place mats and table runners. The Thomases are highly regarded in their fields and are active in the continuing instruction of old fashioned craft techniques to youth in the community and are premier exhibitors at the NYS Fair Agricultural Museum each year. In addition, Clara Rose has taught weaving seminars throughout the northeastern United States.

Kit Thompson offers hand decorated tin and wooden accessories. Kit has collected antique and vintage tin and wood items, which she decorates in traditional patterns. She also paints on roof slates, which have been rescued from demolished Cold Springs area barns, and transforms them into unique gifts for the connoisseur of antique and collectible treasures.

George and Irene Gates bring tree ornaments, wooden toys and holiday decorations including nativity sets and doll cradles. Long affiliated with the Onondaga County Cooperative Extension, the Gates family operates a woodworking shop, Gatescraft, at their residence on East Dead Creek Road.

M & M Baskets features hand woven baskets in a variety of functional shapes and sizes. Their creations have gained a good deal of attention in the area for their fine workmanship.

Bob and Helen Melvin create wood, fabric and stained glass crafts. They also present handmade glass beads and jewelry.

These local artisans are proud to bring quality, handcrafted, made-in-America items to the community and are available at the sale to describe their techniques to shoppers. The event will also feature ongoing weaving demonstrations.

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