Local crafters set to offer gifts and more

Question: What do you get when you pair up a couple of serious crafters with a busy veterans’ organization?

Answer: The first-ever (at least, as far as she knows) craft show at the Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, according to Lois Saraceni, who is both a member of the post and half of the Crafty Crazy Women crafting business.

Saraceni said she and her good friend Barbara Keyser started crafting together a couple years ago, and their work has blossomed to the point that it’s now a full-fledged business. Keyser is a seamstress by trade, and she contributes all manner of fabric creations, including coasters, seatbelt covers, placemats and other items. Saraceni “upcycles” wine glasses and bottles by painting creative designs on them.

In recent years, they have become regulars at craft shows in the area, including the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s recent Artisans’ Fair and the annual Millville Holiday Market.

The women had worked with the VFW on planning other projects, and Saraceni said, “We felt like we really wanted to give back” to the post. Thus was born the idea for the Holiday Craft Show, set for Saturday, Nov. 2, and much to their surprise, it was a first for the site, located at the northern end of Cedar Neck Road, on the shore on the Indian River Bay.

“One gentleman actually said to me, ‘What’s a craft show?’” Saraceni said with a laugh.

There will be around 27 crafters set up on the main floor of the VFW, showcasing a wide variety of items that could make for welcome gifts or additions to home décor. They include, in addition to the aforementioned items contributed by Saraceni and Keyser, crochet work, quilling art, replicas of Delaware’s coastal World War II towers, fused-glass nightlights, trivets, coasters, wind chimes and items from a local apiary.

If a visitor would like a custom-made item in time for the holidays, Saraceni, speaking for herself and Keyser, said the show would be a great opportunity to do so.

The VFW will also be offering food for sale during the show, Saraceni said.

“Right out of the gate, we wanted to keep it simple,” she said. All vendor tables are sold out, and now she and Keyser are just “hoping to get as many people as possible” to the show to see what the crafters have to offer. All proceeds from table fees will be donated to the VFW.

The Holiday Craft Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 is located at 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View. Admission to the craft show is free.


By Kerin Magill
Staff Reporter