Kris Kringle craft show still attracting new vendors, shoppers

Whether they were part of a strip of barrel wood or a tabletop decoration, Santa’s eyes looked different from how they are often featured.

Santa’s eyes weren’t round and black, but the pupils were blue and surrounded by black with white dots and slashes, as if his eyes were in the night sky.

Krissy Schultz, of Folk Art by Krissy, said she painted Santa’s eyes in a whimsical fashion.

Schultz was one of 260 vendors at the Kris Kringle Holiday Craft Show this weekend at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

This was the 34th year for the Kris Kringle show and the 12th year the show was at the community center.

Promoter Brian Pitsnogle said he is in negotiations with HCC to bring the show back to the center next year.

While there were fewer vendors this year, vendor spaces were still at capacity because more vendors took up multiple spaces, Pitsnogle said.

Proceeds from the $ 2 entry fees will be split between HCC’s Athletic Scholarship Fund and the 4-H youth group based in Frederick County, Md., Pitsnogle said.

The show usually raises $ 7,000 to $ 10,000 a year.

Hundreds of people shopped for gifts and decorations.

This was the first Kris Kringle show for Schultz, from Easton, Md., and for Mike and Vipada Kennedy, who had a table for Exotic Bean Coffee, based in Reisterstown, Md.

Exotic Bean sells organic, fair-trade coffee from Thailand that is grown in the shade of banana, mango and other trees so it is deemed bird-friendly, Mike Kennedy said. Some coffee growers clear trees and grow coffee under artificial shade, he said.

Kennedy said he was leaning toward coming back next year, while Schultz was already talking about returning to the craft show. She said she had about a third of her inventory left around lunchtime Sunday, with a few hours left to go in the show.

Bobbi Wivell, a regular at Kris Kringle, also was doing well.

Shoppers could be seen carrying her framed window screens painted with various holiday images.

Wivell, of Smithsburg, said she brought about 110 frames and only had about 20 left by late Sunday morning.

Tangene Umstead, 48, of Martinsburg, W.Va., bought one of Wivell’s screen paintings. Hers featured a family portrait of snowmen with snow falling around them.

Umstead’s boyfriend, Derek Borum, found something for himself, as well. Borum, 49, of Martinsburg, got a steel Harley-Davidson Motorcycles sign to hang in his garage. He has two Harleys at home, an Ultra Classic and a Dyna Glide.

This was their first trip to the Kris Kringle show.

“We were going to go to some other craft shows, but I don’t think we have to now,” Umstead said as the pair was leaving with arms full of purchases.

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