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Thoughtful gifts: Sugarloaf Crafts Festival also has food and entertainment

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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Just in time for wedding, graduation, Mothers Day and Fathers Day gift-giving season comes the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
That name is familiar.
Yes, it’s the eighth year the festival has traveled to the area, and will be at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. That’s near the Oaks exit off Route 422.
When?
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 18 and 19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20.

DEMONSTRATION HIGHLIGHTS
According to www.sugarloafcrafts.com, here’s who is scheduled to demo the weekend of the festival:
Wheel-thrown pottery: Allen and Helen Weichman, and Alan Burslem.
Copper spinning: John Akkus.
Stone sculpting: Marty Silverman of The Fountain and Sculpture Garden.
Wooden bowl and spoon carving: Bob DeWitt.
Broom making: Jeff Heilman.
Paper making: Cyndi Mylynne of Double Vision Studio.
Jewelry making: Alan and Dale Uchin.

From what I hear, there’s artisans that are nationally known at this show.
More than 300 of them; that includes talent from around here too. They will be showing and selling pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography. You can also get to know these artist entrepreneurs, who are there to talk about their techniques, influences and inspiration. Many artists will even be demonstrating their craft on the show floor. Sugarloaf shows attract around 175,000 visitors annually, according to a press release.
What else is there to do there?
There will be children’s entertainment, with Middle Earth Studio costume storytelling, “small-batch foods to sample and buy from specialty purveyors” and live music by Jazz Lobsters, Matt Miskie and hand pans musician Janet Spahr.
What’s it cost to get in?
Admission, which is valid all three days, is $8 online at www.sugarloafcrafts.com, $10 at the door, and free for children under 12.
Is there a phone number to call for more information?
That’s (800) 210-9900. On Facebook, check “SugarloafCrafts.”

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