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When shoppers wander through the color bursting aisles of the huge Jersey Shore Artisans Guild fine art and handcraft festival on Saturday, July 18 they will see this sign prominently displayed in every booth:


Show producer JoAnne Schaut, Director of the Artisans Guild, explains that today many craft items are produced overseas and imported through wholesalers.  “That is not what we offer,” she explains.  “Not only must the items be handmade in America but they must be sold by the artisan who created them and can answer questions about every piece”


Ginny Waldheim of Northport, Florida will present her amazing Ya-Ya hats.  A floral vase magically turns into a wide brim hat with the press of a finger.  The same honeycomb

material is used in race car and aircraft construction.  Her colorful hats pack flat for travel but pop open to shield the face and lower the wearer’s head temperature by 10 degrees.

Barnegat, New Jersey’s Lori Curtis creates matching outfits for girls and their dolls so that the child and her dolly can dress exactly alike.  “Mothers and daughters love them,” says Curtis.  “And they will be available in all sizes.”

Sisters Martha Becker and Julianne Mackey of The Elephant’s Ear in Danville, Vermont offer traditional rug hooked items as well as handspun dog and cat treats.

There was so much interest and excitement in Richard Aldorasi’s silk scarf-making display last summer that a number of attendees hired him for birthday parties.  Guests will design their own scarves by floating colors over the submerged silk. Richard hails from Morton, Pennsylvania.

Sue Brown does oil paintings on feathers, Karla Clark has hand made natural soap and body products, Tinamarie Feldi offers her stained glass creations and Robin Gower does bead weaving and embroidery jewelry.

Festival hours are 10AM to 5PM and parking is free.  Admission is $3. Jersey Shore Artisans Guild Events have raised $317, 451 for the Ocean City Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Gilda’s Club South Jersey and The Wounded Warrior Project.

Although the show is not an official Tabernacle event, the trustees have invited us to set up on their beautiful tree shaded property at 550 Wesley Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets from Wesley-to-Central-to-Asbury.  For information call 609-365-2239.