A hummingbird with wooden wings spread in flight, a homemade lilac candle smelling of bottled blooms, and triple chocolate, Boston creme, and cookie dough cupcakes practically begging passersby to eat them.


A hummingbird with wooden wings spread in flight, a homemade lilac candle smelling of bottled blooms, and triple chocolate, Boston creme, and cookie dough cupcakes practically begging passersby to eat them.

That’s just some of what was on offer this past weekend at the Greater Honesdale Partnership sponsored “Festival of the Arts” in Honesdale.

At least 40 crafters offered their homemade wares along Main Street, along with entertainment and demonstrations throughout the downtown, the latter of which was new this year, said event chairwoman Joy Hollister.

The eclectic mix of demonstrations included: The Art of: Hand Quilting, Mexican Cuisine, Spinning, Cooking with Tofu, Beauty, Model Railroading, Balloon Sculpture, and more.

Twisting balloons into pink kitty cats with heart shaped faces, brown monkeys in search of a banana, or the unmistakable blue and red of Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man, George Heid of Hamlin says the best part of what he does is the kids.

Owner of Magic Grandpa, Heid creates balloon sculptures for children and does magic tricks for all occasions and all ages.

 
Holding up a Polish Falcon, Michele Dixon of Lake Ariel says it’s one of her favorite pieces to make.

Dixon takes pieces of pine and carves them into doves, hummingbirds, falcons, wind chimes and more.

Starting out with a single piece of wood, she spends anywhere from one hour to several days making each creation.

At a booth next door, Frannie Pringle of Moscow was selling homemade horseshoe art.

It’s something she’s done since 1995, taking restored, used horseshoes and crafting them into something beautiful.

Her two daughters: Kendra and Beck had horses growing up and it was a way recycle the horseshoes.

It was a great weekend to walk around, meeting old friends and new and learn about a new craft or two.