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'Summer in Ligonier' brings artisans to the Diamond

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Summer in Ligonier Arts and Crafts Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 and 19 on the Diamond.

In addition to the two-day show, horse-drawn carriage rides, Face Painting by Tony, a caricature artist and balloon artists will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Ligonier merchants will conduct sidewalk sales and younger visitors can participate in chalk art and enjoy Sno-Cones, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be demonstrations by representatives from the Compass Inn and the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association will share information about the railroad during the event.

At 2 p.m. on July 19, Ligonier Valley Library will hold a story hour “Summer Tales” for children ages 10 and under.

Handmade jewelry beads and farm to table food products, two product offerings that are trending right now, will be included in the much anticipated “Summer in Ligonier” arts and crafts show.

Joy Knepp of Joy Beadzglass has been making handmade glass beads and jewelry at her home studio in Somerset for the past 8 years. She teaches art in the Shanksville-Stonycreek school district.

“I love looking at nature for inspiration for colors and textures and I especially love how glass beads reflect light,” Knepp stated on her website. “I love the translucent quality of glass and the unlimited possibilities with the medium. I am inspired by the colors and textures in nature as each season changes, and try to capture these qualities in my beads and jewelry.”

Knepp uses soft glass, such as Moretti or Vetrofond, among others and the beads are kiln annealed, cleaned and ready to be worn or made into jewelry.

“Jewelry is always popular at craft shows. I was especially impressed with Joy's beaded jewelry and other beaded items she makes,” said Mowrey executive director of the Ligonier chamber. “Her ability to demonstrate how she works with a torch when making her handmade jewelry will be a great addition to our show.”

This is the second year for Laurel Vista Farms at the Ligonier event. Rita Resick, vice president of marketing at Laurel Vista Farms located nearby in Somerset.

“The (Ligonier) crowd is very in to local products,” said Resick. “They are adventuresome and will try new stuff. People in Ligonier love to find new stuff.”

Laurel Vista Farm will feature their jar products at the show. With names like sweet and sassy, wild and wicked and fire and brimstone, the selection will satisfy all palates.

“All products are made from vegetables we grow on the farm,” Resick said.

The offering will include pasta sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, hot pickled peppers and Ramp Hollow (wild leek) mustard.

“What could be better than offering local homegrown summer vegetable products. I think its wonderful that Laurel Vista Farms of Somerset has this to offer our Summer In Ligonier visitors,” Mowrey said. “The number of people looking for farm to table food is constantly growing.”

Crafters list posted

Crafters and artisans participating include: Linda Halchak — bird houses, bird feeders and bird baths; Donna Allen — 3-D pictures, memory gifts and jewelry; Bob Weaver — sports figures drawings/prints; Amazing Grace Pottery — pottery, chimes, dishes; Focal Point Designs — precious stone jewelry; Sugar Creek Candle Co. — handmade soy candles; Laurel Vista Farms — jar products/vegetables and pasta sauce; Fantastic Fotographica — Western Pa photos; Chris Rush Designer Notes – Handmade notes and money cards; Rolling Creek Primitives — wool felt art, gourds and wood items; Laurie Roffol Photography — matted and framed prints; Treasures in Glass — stained glass and art glass items; The Sewing Basket and Doggone Cute — dog treats and toys; Joy Beadzglass — handmade glass beads, forged silver, brass and copper jewelry; HJD Iniquities — re-purposed furniture and windows, mosaic mirrors and picture frames; Custom Creations by Laine — quilted purses and accessories; Photographs by Barry Hollritt — original hand printed archival photo scenes of nature.

Other weekend activities planned in Ligonier

Artisans will be featured throughout the weekend at other shops and galleries, as well. The Main Exhibit Gallery, located on West Main Street, will be demonstrating wood-turning and glassblowing on July 19.

Mowrey invites the community to come the arts and crafts show and spend the day in Ligonier.

“We have something for everyone at the Summer In Ligonier Arts and Crafts Show. In addition to the quality crafters, we have many activities planned for our visitors to enjoy making this a great family event,” said Mowrey. “There will be no shortage of fun things for children to do. While people are in town, I hope they will take the time to shop in our local stores and relax for a meal at one of our many restaurants.”

July 19 events include the Ligonier Country Market from 8 a.m. to noon. The Civil War comes to the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 19 and from 1 to 5 p.m. July 20, with a special exhibit: “The Civil War and the Ligonier Valley.”

The Valley Players of Ligonier Theatre Summer Camp is presenting “Hamlet the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. July 19, and 2:30 p.m. July 20. All seats are $5.

The July 20 evening summer concert on the Diamond bandstand will feature the East Winds Symphonic Band beginning 7 p.m.

For more information, call the chamber at 724-238-4200 or visit

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or

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