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April 29, 2005

More than 30 Crafters will Sell Unique Nature Crafts at Bird Festival

MEXICO — More than 30 crafters have signed up to sell stained glass, soaps, birdhouses, candles, and an assortment of other handcrafted products Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at the Lake Ontario Bird Festival. Vendors from central New York and beyond will sell an array of nature-related crafts at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and Campground on County Route 16. The free festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

They include Tracy Lindovski, Narrowgate Farm, Parish, goat’s milk soap, bath salts and tub teas; Teresa Chapman, Homemade Gourmet dry food and dip mixes; Connie Gonseth, Connie’s Candles and Crafts, Parish, hand-poured candles and floral arrangements, and Thomas and Tricia Griffith, Griffin’s Gate, nature and visionary fine art prints.

Merritt Hanks, owner of Woodside Whims of Buffalo, will bring handcrafted rustic birdhouses and wooden stools for children. Ed Hazzard, owner of SpiritED Crafts, will sell handmade fabric-covered journal, address books, and book boxes, all decorated in a bird theme.

Nellie Hintz of Lakota Creations, Corinth, will bring bird photographs and woodenware with bird pictures. Tom Holbert, Tom’s Wood Crafts, Rome, PA, will sell whimsical wooden bird houses, and Christy Huynh will sell handmade cards, garden rock poems, and candles. April Gerni, Pulaski, will sell spinners, dream catchers, sun catchers and plastic canvas items.

Mattydale stained glass artist Cathy Pence will display leaded and copper-foiled stained glass designs. Animal cutouts made from butternut, as well as paintings and birdhouses are the specialty of Rebecca Rudd of Lacona. Lisa Schmidt brings hand painted and decorated terracotta garden wind chimes, candles, bird feeders and jewelry. Hand poured soy-candles, aroma lamps and other home décor items will be displayed by Deborah Tillman, owner of Debbie’s Gift World. Judy Tolone, Nadine and Judy’s Emporium, will offer birdhouses, plaques, pictures, tables and other items. George and Arlene Watson, Margaretville, NY will have an assortment of t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale; Kathy Walsh, Forest Fantasy Crafts, will bring nature crafts and arrangements that center on birds. Nancy Whitens, Willow Creek Farm, Fulton, will sell alpaca products and maple syrup.

Selling essential oils and supplements will be Lisa Buske of Young Living Essential Oils. Susan Kupelian of Peppercorn Hollow will have an assortment of adventure dips and gourmet dry dip, along with country crafts and birdhouses.

On Saturday, the Oswego County Health Department will conduct the annual best-tasting drinking water contest among public water systems in Oswego County. There will also be displays by Camp Hollis, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Rosamund Gifford Zoo, Central New York Avian Rescue, Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, and Lake Ontario Bird Festival.

On Sunday morning, May 8, moms will be served a free pancake breakfast at the festival. The breakfast is sponsored by the Junior ROTC of Mexico High School. Serving is from 9 to 11 a.m. At 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon there will be a duck race down the Little Salmon River. Tickets are $1 each and are available at Yogi Bear’s and the Harborfest office, McCrobie Building, Oswego. Tickets will be available at the festival in the welcome tent and bird festival booth in the crafter area. Also on Sunday, the Country Cruisers will display street rods and vintage cars, with a parade at noon.

Special activities for children include a “wake up the bears” parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, performances by storyteller Ken Carman, and the popular “build a bluebird nesting box” activity with bluebird expert John Rogers and members of Boy Scout Troop 825.

Wildlife artist Bob McNamara will hold two nature journaling workshops. Fran Verdoliva, coordinator of the Salmon River Corridor for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will conduct a fly-fishing demonstration Saturday on the river.

Again this year, free shuttle buses, sponsored by A & E Transport, will take visitors to the nearby Derby Hill Bird Observatory, where thousands of migrating raptors are sighted each spring on their journey northward. Shuttle buses will also stop at nearby Mexico Point State Park, at the mouth of the Little Salmon River. Casey’s Cottage will be open for tours at Mexico Point State Park.

Lake Ontario Bird Festival is made possible by the generous help of the New York Power Authority and Town of Mexico, and is hosted by Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort. Organizational support is provided by Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc. and in-kind support is provided by the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism. Additional sponsorship is provided by A & E Transport, Constellation Energy – Nine Mile Point, Eastern Shore Associates, Eddie’s Big M, Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Hiscock and Barclay, LLP, The Mexicali Rose, Moore’s Lumber, North Country Veterinary Services, Oswego County BOCES Pre-Multi-Occupational Program, Oswego County National Bank, Oswego County Weeklies, PathFinder Bank, Port Lodge Motel, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Redwood Motel and Stewarts’s Ice Cream Shops.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the bird festival Web site at www.lakeontariobirdfestival.com.

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