On Saturday, Oct. 20, Jenner's Pond will be holding its eighth annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. This yearly event is open to the public and displays the work of over 40 handcrafters. Popular booths such as a used book sale and raffle will also fill the Alison Building at Jenner's Pond Retirement Community.
For the first time, handcrafted cloth dolls and doll apparel will be offered. Especially popular are the Over-the-Hill Voodoo dolls. Their creator and Jenner's Pond resident Judy Klevans says, 'Tradition has it that with the stick of a pin these intriguing dolls will cure everything from sagging muscles to beer bellies to wrinkles to bad knees and menopause. At least that's the claim.' She also adds that since they come in both a male and female version, 'They are great gifts for anyone.'
The cloth and sculptural dolls include 'The Cat Dancer' while doll clothes created for the popular 18-inch dolls will also be featured. Dresses and outfits are handmade in delightful fabrics and styles by Win Gulick, another talented resident of Jenner's Pond. Win began her interest using doll clothes to engage and bond with her young granddaughter who just this year is going off to college.
The festival is not limited to dolls. Other crafts persons at the Festival include jewelry, wooden toys and other wood accessories, quilts, Christmas decor and gifts and many more artisan crafts. Tom DeMott, Chester County artist, will also be displaying his artwork. In addition, a raffle will be held with over 30 items such as gift cards to local shops and restaurants and one-of-a-kind items.
All money raised is for the community's Benevolent Care Fund – helping those who need special assistance. Jenner's Pond Retirement Community is located on Baltimore Pike in Jennersville. For more information on the Jenner's Pond Arts and Crafts Festival, you can call Elaine McGrew at 610 345-0377 or Kathy Wandersee at 610 345-1380.