Christmas is around the corner at Schuylkill Technology Center’s 28th craft show

Nov. 6—FRACKVILLE — Sounds of the season echoed through the halls of Schuylkill Technology Center-North Campus on Saturday as crafters displayed an array of items intended to end up under a Christmas tree.

Holiday classics like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman” welcomed shoppers to the center’s 28th vendor and craft show.

Prominent among the wares of about 57 crafters were Santas, reindeer and holiday wreaths — indications that you-know-what will be here before you know it.

Indeed, a hand-painted wooden sign at the Minnick Woodworking stand read “50 Days Until Christmas.”

The “50” was written in chalk so that it could be updated in a daily countdown.

Mikayla Minnick displayed what she calls “Santa Trees” — a wooden panel in the shape of a tree with a red Santa suit painted on it.

“Santa trees are really popular,” said Minnick, 19, a student who is studying to be an elementary school teacher.

Employing an expertise shaped over decades, Elaine Attia arranged ribbons, dried cherries and other assorted items on a wooden star background to make a stylish Christmas hanger.

“I’ve been doing art since I was a little girl,” said Attia, of West Hazleton. “My mom taught me.”

Wilmer George, a Washington Twp. craftsman, makes wooden Santas, angels and eagles under the label “Crafts By George.”

He got interested in woodworking about 20 years ago after retiring from a position with the 365th Engineer Army Reserve unit in Schuylkill Haven.

“I bought a $1,000 saw and made a teddy bear for my granddaughter and a frog for my grandson,” he said. “It’s relaxing.”

The hobby turned into a business, and with Sue, his wife of 30 years, George shows his works at numerous craft shows around the holidays.

Bill Mack, who teaches social studies at the center, said there was quite a lot of interest in the show.

“For a couple years, it was really tough during COVID,” he said, “but people are starting to come back.”

The show is sponsored by student organizations at the center’s north and south campuses. Funds raised underwrite student activities of student organizations.

Alexis Squyres, 17, a student at STC-South Campus, has mastered a craft that’s centuries old — pyrography.

Using a hot iron, she burns images of eagles, frogs and butterflies into wooden boxes and plaques. A Tamaqua resident, she’s also a talented freehand artist.

“I like the way the two techniques correlate,” said Squyres, who’s self-taught. “It’s important to me that my art makes people happy.”

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