2nd Friday sizzles in August

By on August 15, 2018

There weren’t quite as many people as usual on Lititz’s Main and Broad streets for the Aug. 2 Friday downtown event. Maybe it was the heat &tstr; not as bad as it had been earlier in the week, but still hot and sticky.

More likely it was the annual Lititz Rotary Craft Show scheduled for the next day. People did fill the sidewalks Friday night, but shop owners and vendors echoed Purple Robin Reserve owner Jill Rebuck, who said people tended to show up in bunches. There would be a lull, then suddenly a cluster of people. Then another lull. Then another cluster.

But everybody looked to be having a good time, though more relaxed than most fair-weather 2nd Fridays. We meandered towards Orange Street on South Broad, stopped in front of Dosie Dough for a bit to listen to some classic rock and blues tunes by guitarist Gabbie Bonet and Deb Olsen, who was on drums. The duo are half of the all-female Steel Radiance band out of Lancaster.
Olsen, who is the band’s leader, said the other two members are bassist Lisa Thomas and Tara Reber, who plays keyboard and sings. Olsen said Bonet has been singing and picking for about 60 years, starting at a time when all those classic classic rock tunes were just called “rock” (visit Steel Radiance on Facebook).

Lititz resident Ginny Weaver was at the Ewebiquitous store Friday night, displaying some of the fiber arts she makes from neckties.

Just north of Dosie Dough, we talked to Ginny Weaver, who was showing her wares just inside the front door of Ewebitquitous, a fabric arts shop dominated by everything sheep.
Weaver makes things out of neckties &tstr; big bags, little bags, pillows, bottle holders, and more. She will probably never run out supplies for her craft so long as men retire or shuck it all and bring their ties to the Ephrata ReUzit, which is where Weaver’s day job is.

We stopped next at the Wilbur Chocolate store where Robin Unangst and Simon Ababou were inside selling dip-your-own-chocolate covered pretzel rods. Wilbur donated the chocolate and the pretzels as Unangst and Ababou sold them for a buck each, raising funds for the Lititz recCenter’s family partnership. Ababou is the Rec’s fitness director &tstr; has been for the past 17 years &tstr; while Unangst volunteers with the center’s development committee.

Chelsea Pham, who owns Pebbles & Lace with her mother and grandmother, was on the store’s side porch Friday night hosting a feed sack extravaganza.

Meandering on, we stopped to admire Deb Becker’s intricate work with a scroll saw. She was stationed outside the Purple Robin Reserve store on East Main. Becker’s formal training &tstr; she has an art degree from Millersville University &tstr; is evident in the twists and turns of her tree-inspired wood and stained glass creations. She uses found wood from trees downed by nature or arborists that she comes across or that friends find for her.

She hits about 36 art and craft shows a year. In addition to her tree-of-life scroll work, she creates nature-inspired works from the bits of stained glass that remain after she backs her wooden creations. Her website is at woodnglass2.com.

It was getting dark by the time we got to the side porch at Pebbles & Lace, where we talked to Chelsea Pham, who owns the store along with her mother, Rebecca Keeney, and grandmother Ruth Sutley.

Robin Unangst and Simon Ababou were inside the Wilbur Choclate store Friday night selling dip-your-own chocolate covered pretzel rods. The chocolate and pretzels were donated by Wilbur. Funds raised will benefit the Lititz Rec Center’s family partnership program.

Pham was on the porch with a feed sack extravaganza featuring things like potholders, aprons and other items crafted from the colorful cotton prints millers used to deliver feed to farmers from the late 1800s until about 1940. There were times when what the farmer bought was determined by what the farmer’s wife wanted for her next sewing project. The Sutley women have about 1,000 of these history-in-cotton sacks, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. The entrepreneurial trio have owned the store since February. Chelsea lives above the store. Her mom and grandmother commute from Quarryville.

Dick Wanner is a staff writer and photographer, and former editor-in-chief (1972-75), for the Record Express. He welcomes reader feedback at rwanner.eph@lnpnews.com. 

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