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Craft show set for county fairgrounds on June 15

Recorder/Paul Franz
Karen Thurber Towle and her sister Bette Thurber Sokoloski are organizing a craft fair at the Franklin County Fairgrounds for June 15.

Recorder/Paul Franz Karen Thurber Towle and her sister Bette Thurber Sokoloski are organizing a craft fair at the Franklin County Fairgrounds for June 15.

GREENFIELD — Crafts fair exhibitors and visitors won’t be left wanting on the weekend of June 15 after all.

Although the annual Old Deerfield Summer Crafts Fair has been canceled this year, its former alternative, the Greenfield Craft Show, is returning.

On June 15, Crafts-Are-Us, promoters of the fair, will return to the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

For five years in the 1990s, the craft show competed with Old Deerfield Summer Crafts Fair, which traditionally held the popular fair on the same third weekend of June.

This year, the Greenfield show is offering an option for exhibitors, artists and craft lovers this summer in Franklin County after the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association canceled its summer craft fair due to a scheduling conflict with Deerfield Academy’s alumni weekend.

The return of the craft show at the same time as Old Deerfield’s show going on hiatus is a coincidence, according to the two local women behind Crafts-Are-Us — sisters Bette Thurber Sokoloski of South Deerfield and Karen Thurber Towle of Turners Falls. The show will be Towle’s first attempt at organizing a fair.

They say plans had been in the works long before PVMA made its announcement.

When Towle expressed interest in promoting craft shows, Sokoloski, who originally created Crafts-Are-Us, came out of retirement to help.

Fair visitors can expect bird houses, stained glasses, handmade clothing, photography, soaps, quilts and pet beds.

Riina Viise of Whately will demonstrate her wood burning or pyrography art. She works on picture frames, small jewelry pins and wooden eggs and plates.

There will be free admission and parking, but one to two food donations are requested to support the Franklin Area Survival Center in Turners Falls.

The June show won’t be the last, predicted Sokoloski. Crafts-Are-Us already has exhibitors lined up for Sept. 28 and Nov. 16 shows.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine.

Soloski can be reached at: 413-665-4039.

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