by Ruth R. Russell
After a bout with ovarian cancer last year, Kathy Lombardo considered ending the Craft Show that she had chaired at Water Tower Recreation Center for many years.
There was an outcry, she told the Local.
“There were so many objections from talented people who didn’t want to end the holiday craft show at Water Tower. My family objected too, and my son and daughter-in-law are helping me with this year’s show on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14.
“Nothing will be changed,” she stressed. “The participants don’t want to change anything so everything will be the same. We will have about 55 artists from the tri-state area and there will be seven new ones.”
Among the items for sale will be purses, holiday wreaths and centerpieces, jewelry, soaps, candles clothing made from recycled sweaters, coats, hats, gifts for pets, gifts for men, wooden bowls and stained glass.
“This year we will have turned wood merchandise such as boxes that can be used for pencils and pens, origami items and woven baskets. We will have with us a woman who makes beautiful silk pillows and jackets and an artist with Christmas balls showing scenes of Chestnut Hill and Philadelphia.”
Reminiscing a little bit, Lombardo recalled that the “show started about 30 years ago in a private home, then moved to a church, then to the recreation center. I commend the people at Water Tower,” she said. “They are so helpful and supportive.”
Hours for the Craft Show will 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 14th and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 15th. Busy shoppers will be glad to know that food will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.
Admission is free. The Water Tower Recreation Center is located in Chestnut Hill on Hartwell Lane, two blocks east of 8200 Germantown Ave. Proceeds from the Craft Show go to support the Center.
For more information, call 215-635-2760.