The weekend showed promise as the rain held off and the 9th Annual Northville Rotary Woodworking & Fine Arts Weekend got underway on its first full day on Saturday.
This event has been one of the largest for the picturesque community located along the shores of the Great Sacandaga Lake and the thousands of people who attend visit not just the show, but the village and surrounding area.
This year more than 60 fine arts crafters and artisans participated in the show.
According to Sue Owens, Secretary of the Northville Rotary and this years Chair of the Show “we try to treat them well (the artists) and they keep telling other artists and we’ve just grown. The artists keep coming back and it’s like family now.”
“This year, we have more demonstrations than before – woodturner demonstrations, a blacksmith who’s forging, someone who’s weaving and we want to encourage that,” Owens said.
According to Owens, they make money from the silent auction, raffles and a little bit from the artists. However, “we do a lot of advertising, which costs money as you know.”
“Next year is going to be a special year for us, since it’s our 10th, and we’re trying to think of something unique to do” stated Owens.
Proceeds from the event help support the Northville Rotary Club, allowing them to not only provide, but expand their community and humanitarian efforts.