It’s on to April – No foolin’!

This weekend we turn another calendar page – on to April, and bigger and better things! Just one more month of indoor shows, so Mother Nature had better get her act together in a hurry!

This Saturday, April 1st, we’re off to Madison – Madtown, Mad City, City of Four Lakes – whatever you call it, it’s a beautiful, vibrant college town with the most parks per capita in the United States – 12.7 per 10,000 residents! We’ll be at Warner Park Community Recreation Center with around 80 other Midwestern artists and fine crafters for their “Springfest.” Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is $1.00. Door prizes, free entertainment in the lobby and lots of free parking. Come on down and pick up a great gift for Easter, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, or something for yourself!

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On April 8th, we’re a bit closer to home, at the UW Washington County Campus, 400 University Drive in West Bend, for their annual Festival of Arts. Admission is $2.00, which supports UW Washington County scholarships. This is a GREAT show, (and one of our favorites) with 60 artists selling everything from jewelry, yard art, pottery, photography, wood, fiber arts, and much more! There is a farmers market area, a student art contest, live music all day, a children’s “make it and take it” art area and great food. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm.

No shows the weekend of April 15th – Happy Easter!

April 22nd and 23rd is the return of re: Craft & Relic, at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road in Franklin. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm both days. This isn’t your regular art or craft show. This one is a bit different. As the name playfully indicates, the focus is re(garding) craft…both the concept of craft as a whole and as it applies to re-purposing/reclaiming/recycling materials. Additionally, “Relic” is a nod to vintage and antique goods and supplies, whether up-cycled, restored, or left in their aged glory. Each event is unique, creating an exciting destination market mix of artisans, makers, up-cyclers, collectors, curators, and self-proclaimed Junkers.

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April 29th we’re doing TWO shows. One at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, On Martin Avenue in Fond du Lac, at the Expo Building. Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm. Approximately 80-95 Vendors. All handmade or hand crafted items. Concessions, door prizes, kids craft section and much more.

The second one is new to us – the New World Montessori Art Fair. held at the New World Montessori School, 1101 West Brown Deer Road in River Hills from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

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We hope to see you at one of these fine shows! We’re adding new products this year, so you’ll want to stop by for a look!!

Here’s my tip for April regarding care for your wood items – if you have stubborn odors on your cutting board, shred some apple or potato finely. Spread it out on the surface of your cutting board and let sit for 10 minutes. Then wash as normal. The secret is in the enzyme contained in apples and potatoes that causes them to brown – polyphenol oxidase – this enzyme can oxidize sulfurous compounds (like onion or garlic), turning them into odorless compounds. Who knew?!?

Happy April everyone – see you down the road!