Havre de Grace Art Show still shines in its 50th year

Fifty years after its inception, the Havre de Grace Art Show shows no signs of stopping, and even the cloudy skies and occasional raindrops didn't keep people away on the final day Sunday.

Tydings Park in Havre de Grace was again filled with jewelry, pottery, photography and crafts of all kinds this weekend, and it opened with a new Friday-night live music event, featuring the Rumba Club, which seemed just as successful.

Many people, both vendors and visitors, were at the art show for the first time, while others said they were regulars.

A steady stream of people came through the park on Sunday, as the rain held off most of the time even though the skies stayed gray.

Beverly Watson had come up from the Knoxville, Tenn. area to the art show for the first time, trying to sell her ribbon and fabric hair accessories under the business name of Chloe Lia.

"It's very nice," Watson said of the show while assembling a ribbon for Amber McCutcheon, of Havre de Grace.

"It's been a very good show. If the rain holds off today, I am thinking it will be really good," Watson said Sunday morning.

Watson has been in the craft business 24 years and usually makes fabric snowmen, she said.

Ed Girvin, of Aberdeen, and Francine Chrusniak, of Cockeysville, said they were first-time visitors to the show.

While walking down Union Avenue afterward, the couple said they liked what they had seen and Chrusniak said she bought "a bracelet and a snowball."

"It's a little bit of everything," she said.

Girvin was also impressed, saying: "They had nice stuff."

Susan Deeney, of Havre de Grace, attended for second year, using the time to catch up with friends like Cathy Adams, of Aberdeen. She said she enjoyed the new Friday night concert.

"Friday night was just a wonderful addition. It was nice," Deeney said.

Besides the arts, "they have good entertainment, too," she noted.

"It was a good crowd," she said about Friday evening, adding she liked the Coakley's Pub food truck being there and saying that she shared photos of the night on Facebook.

Adams said she usually finds something to buy at the art show and sometimes finds Christmas presents.

"The arts you see, it's a variety," she said about the selection.

Rich Tucker, meanwhile, has been coming to the event for 15 years from Saint Peter's Village, Pa., to exhibit his handmade pewter jewelry.

He said he also restores broken glass into unique pieces.

"You are always trying to come up with new ideas and new things," Tucker explained, adding he really likes the Havre de Grace show.

"This is one of our favorite, favorite places to come to," Tucker said, pointing to the scenic view of the Susquehanna River behind him.

"This is a fun place to be," he said, adding that the weekend's show "was nice because we did a good bit of business."

Tucker also said that shows in Havre de Grace and Chestertown seem to bring out people regardless of the weather, maybe because they are by the water already and residents are used to being wet.

"These two towns, even if it rains, they come out," he said. "It's always been a good, consistent show."

Carlene Bleacher said she has come to the show for at least five years from Lancaster, Pa., to sell her custom gemstone jewelry, with her business Cornucopia.

"It's a gorgeous setting," she said of the location, adding the selection of items was also good. "They always seem to do a good job with the artists."

Bleacher thought people seemed to be very positive about the show and said there was "a little something for everybody."

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