December 1, 2021

Craft fair offers a taste of CNY Living History Museum

With an eye on the holidays

Sarah Bullock/staff reporter

Crystal Young of Groton admires a handmade table-topper she bought Saturday at a craft fair at the CNY Living History Center in Cortlandville.

Homemade Raggedy Anne and Raggedy Andy dolls, wooden carvings and quilts beckoned shoppers at a craft fair Saturday at the CNY Living History Museum in Cortlandville.

Karen Speary of Cortland stopped in to browse and keep an eye out for Christmas gifts for her twin, 9-year-old grandsons.

Speary chatted with her neighbor, Cheryl Brisbee, who was selling raffle tickets for a Thanksgiving Day dinner.

“I think that’s very worthwhile,” Speary said. “And if I win, I’ll donate it back to some person who needs it more than I.”

Brisbee, who was also selling elephant sculptures and household items, noted the craft fair provides a good way to buy holiday presents without the worry of supply chain issues.

Crystal Young stopped in at the fair with her husband, Bob Young, on their way to Binghamton.

“I always like to see what people have made,” said Crystal Young, of Groton. “I like the personal touch.”

It was also a family affair, as Crystal Young’s mother and father, Bob and Shirley Randolph, had a booth. Crystal Young’s sister and brother- in-law also attended.

Crystal Young had discovered a Christmas table topper made with a metallic yarn during her shopping.

Bob Young had procured perhaps the tiniest gingerbread house ever constructed.

“You put it right on your coffee mug,” Young explained, holding up the little house with a groove for the mug lip. Then you dip it in as you drink — that is if you have the self-control to wait until you get to your mug. “This will be gone before we hit Binghamton,” Young said.