Long time Cold Springs residents, Clara Rose Thomas and Walt Thomas and Kit Thompson, initiated in 1980 what has become an annual tradition of shopping for authentic colonial crafts.
The setting is relaxed and welcoming at the Thomas home on Route 370 near the village of Baldwinsville. Originally held the weekend before Thanksgiving, this popular event has been expanded to include the post Thanksgiving weekend as well. Hot mulled cider is provided for shoppers who can 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, Michelle Kitts, Liz Elliott and Alice Cummings.
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. They will also have ongoing weaving demonstrations during the sale.
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.