LEHMAN TWP. — Call it a craft lover’s nirvana.
There was something for everyone at the 32nd annual Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival at Penn State’s Wilkes-Barre campus on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Roughly 120 crafters and artisans sold everything from fall décor, jewelry, soaps, and wooden pepper mills to repurposed vintage furniture, artisan breads and even Victorian corsets.
In addition to the large variety of one-of-a-kind fashion corsets inspired by the “Steampunk” couture, Amber O’Boyle-Kulp’s tent also included black felt fedoras decorated with feathers and small automobile parts.
“I tend to use a lot of different materials,” said O’Boyle-Kulp, of Lackawanna County.
With dampened hands, ceramic artist Skip Sensbach, owner of Green Dog Pottery, shaped a spinning lump of clay and formed it into a small bowl.
The bowl would be added to the collection of glazed bowls he sold for $10. All proceeds from the bowls he sold on Sunday will be donated to the Back Mountain Food Pantry, Sensbach said.
“I threw 100 bowls this summer to bring to here,” he said. “Last year we moved all of them in one day.”
The event also included live entertainment, a variety of food trucks, children’s activities and tours of the historic Hayfield House and Friedman Observatory.
Vivian Richards, 35, of Dallas, said she tries to attend the event every year and usually picks up a new fall wreath. But this year, her goal was to buy homemade jelly for her husband. She also made sure to get some of her favorite spinach dip.
“I look forward to coming here every year, but I always have to get an early start to beat the crowd,” Richards said.
The next Arts at Hayfield event will be a “Homespun Holiday” craft show on Sunday, Nov. 6, in the campus Athletics and Commons Buildings.