Area vendors get crafty

At least one vendor was prepared for the thunderstorm that briefly put a damper on the 28th annual Arts and Crafts Market on the Green Saturday.

Barbara Lee Morris, of Newtown, had among her many distinctive gift and apparel items, a large number of umbrellas arranged on the grass. When the sky opened up and poured on the event shoppers descended on Morris's tent.

"Many people think they are too pretty to use in the rain. They've got to see how these umbrellas work," Morris said of her brightly colored floral print, butterfly and travel-themed umbrellas that she sells amid a host of other items under the business name Lilin Victoria.

"The weather was inclement this morning. It was kind of frightening," said Joseph Richards, who had to drop the sides of the tent from which he was selling his original silk screen-designed T-shirts.

The rain had chased many would-be customers away for most of the morning but shortly after noon the sun came out, and so did the shoppers.

"The sun finally came out and we decided to come out," said Judy Brown, of Easton, who wandered from booth to booth with her husband Richard Brown. The vendors included potters, jewelers, painters, a wood carver, a stained glass artist and other creative people.

"We've done this as a hobby for 30-some years. The last three years we're doing retail and customizing. I make the pottery and I hand-paint everything," said Lois Barker, of Fairfield, who calls her business Jean-Elton Studios, using her middle name and her husband's.

John Reynolds, 8, and his mom Maureen Reynolds, of Fairfield, stopped to look at bird houses and feeders. "I'm learning about birds at school. I want a small bird feeder so we can see the birds (when they come to eat)," John said.

Scarlett Ramirez, 3, of Fairfield, was also taken by the bird feeders, particularly the ones that resembled tea cups and saucers. Water had pooled in the cups and Scarlett entertained herself by emptying them. Later she made music with her brother Griffin Ramirez, 5. They twirled small, percussive instruments in their hands. They action set into motion little balls on a string that created a steady beat.

John Tucker, of Fairfield, took a break from the art work to pause in front of the veterans' monument to "remember old friends and family, I usually do this on Memorial Day but I was here today looking at art so I thought I'd come early."

The market was hosted by the Fairfield Woman's Club.