The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

May 20, 2013

70 arts and crafts vendors hallmark of the Happening on the Common


TARBORO — Arts and crafts are a hallmark of the Happening on the Common and this year was no exception. Live arts and crafts projects for children and vendors selling their handcrafted wares both were part of Saturday’s happening.

P.J. Shafer of Rocky Mount sold her pottery, which ranged from traditional mugs and bowls to mushroom shaped pottery suitable for decorating a yard and a piece of pottery with a face carved into it and horns protruding from the top, suitable for hanging on a wall.

“I decided to put the horns on it just because I thought it would be funky,” said Shafer. She uses regular stoneware and porcelain to make her pottery, which is all hand-thrown or thrown-altered.

“I try to make decorative yet functional (pottery) at the same time,” Shafer said., which was overcast, with the occasional rain shower.

Survival bracelets made by Brian Davis and Ginnie Mims of Roanoke Rapids were a unique offering at the happening.

“They’re made out of parachute cord,” Mims said. “If you get stranded, you can tie with it, you can fish with it.”

Mims’ and Davis’ motto for the bracelets is “where survival meets fashion” because their hope is that in this day and age, no one will get stranded and need to use the bracelets for survival; they can just be used as a fashion accessory.

“At my school, we call them good luck charms,” said Alynn Christopher, 8, a student at Stocks Elementary School, as she browsed through the colorful bracelets.

Deloris Samuelson and her husband Lenny offered up another type of handcrafted jewelry at the happening.

“This year we’re trying something new. We’re making jewelry with copper and bronze,” said Samuelson. A copper pendant with a chrysocolla stone was among her offerings. She also had sterling silver jewelry and jewelry with 14 carat gold fill for her customers.

Those with a hankering for homemade preserves were in luck at the happening, as well. Karen Johnson of Speed, otherwise known as “Cuppy” had a table set up with her homemade jams, jellies, preserves and pickles. The next stop for those planning on stocking up on items for their kitchen might have been Janice Graynor-Wilson’s table. She was selling handmade kitchen items from baked potato bags to decorative hand towels.  

Children had a chance to try their hand at crafts at the happening, too. The Scrap Exchange brought scrap materials to the festival for that purpose. Gabria Savage, 9, and Mycah Deloatch, 6, worked together to make a telescope out of the materials.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Savage, of the festival.

Nail art and makeup were part of the fun for girls at the happening. Kyla Plante, 8, of Tarboro, enjoyed getting a ladybug design painted on her nails by Lisa Moore at the Princess of Edgecombe County tent. The princesses’ goal was to raise money for Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

A total of 70 arts and crafts vendors participated in Saturday’s happening.