The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 25, 2013

Everything is handmade | 100 craft vendors expected at Westmont arts center


JOHNSTOWN — The Log House Arts Festival will boast its maximum number of vendors during its 2013 edition.

The 43rd installment will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 1 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The festival offers traditional crafts,  food, entertainment and children’s activities.

One hundred juried craftsmen will offer notable items.

According to Rose Mary Hagadus, the arts center’s executive director, the juried festival prides itself on offering the public fresh and current crafts.

“Numerous festivals have evolved since our first arts and crafts festival 43 years ago, but we are gratified that we have been able to attract a quality group of craftsmen,” Hagadus said.

“This has been possible because the craftsmen who do the festival sell enough product to make it worth their investing in two days of sales.”

Everything is handmade, and each craftsmen is required to be on-site to answer questions or take orders.

“It looks like the hottest item this year may be in the jewelry line,” Hagadus said.

“We will have 12 jewelry makers, many of whom are new.”

As many as 16 new vendors will offer the latest and most popular items.

The items, many of which are one-of-a-kind, range from jewelry to decorative clothing.

“We cater to people who may want to buy a unique piece, and we also serve the needs of those looking for higher level items,” Hagadus said.

One genre that will not be prevalent is the country look.

“Items now focus on a sophisticated look with a strong urban contemporary feel,” Hagadus said.

“Although we have a number of jewelers, each one has a unique style and use of materials. They are offering large choker necklaces and pieces with larger gemstones, which are quite fashionable.”

New and younger artisans are getting involved because many of the craftsmen who were fixtures at the festival are getting older and retiring.

“It is refreshing to see many of these new items,” Hagadus said.

Other booths will feature novelties from two alpaca crafters, offering yarn, soaps, scarves and socks.

An array of beeswax ornaments in holiday and decorative designs will be sold.

“We have at least three clothing vendors who are using techniques such as tie-dye and batik to fashion skirts, scarves, hats and even purses,” Hagadus said.

Festivalgoers will discover displays of glass mosaic decorative and functional works; metal and wood sculptures; traditional abstract and nature paintings and prints; vinyl decals that may be applied to clothing; American Doll clothes; and custom wooden pens and bowls.

The festival will have a full slate of entertainment and children’s activities.

Kids’ Kingdom will be located on the second floor of the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center.

Children will enjoy face painting, dream jars, tissue paper flowers, spin art, “artsy” birds, paint-a-pals and sand art.

Children will be entertained by Johnstown Spiderman and Johnstown Tomahawk’s hockey mascot, Chopper.

There is a full lineup of musical entertainment throughout the festival.

The schedule begins at 11 a.m. Saturday with polka music from Rosie & The Jammers, followed by the Sharptones at 2:30.

On Sept. 1, D’Verse will play at 10:30 a.m. and the Dead Irish Blues will perform at 2:30 p.m.

The food menu will feature a lamb sandwich, halupki, haluski, kielbasa, hot dogs, submarine sandwiches, Chinese food, stuffing ball with gravy, pizza, apple dumplings and gobs.

Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Tom Lavis @TomLavistd.


In Westmont

What: 43rd Log House Arts Festival.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 1.

Where: Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd.

Admisson: Free.

Information: 255-6515 or