‘Support Our Community’: Presbyterian Church Hosts Craft Market in Auburn | Local News | Auburn, NY | Auburnpub.com

AUBURN — For Amy Heath and Tina Lader, the Creative Arts Market is a way for them to socialize and hang out, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The market event, at the Presbyterian Event and Retreat Center, 108 South St., Auburn, featured the work of various artisans and artisans on Saturday. Scheduled to be held every second and fourth Saturday through June, the event began in late January. The building was once the historic Case Mansion, but was reopened in 2017 by First Presbyterian Church as an event and retreat center.

Heath and Lader, who are niece and aunt respectively, both had wares displayed on tables at one corner of a central location. Lader’s business, also run by her husband Rick, was Mountain Morning Farm, while Heath ran Amy’s Artful Creations. Heath’s spot included items such as Chakra sets, stone grids and macrame hangers.

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There was also a table with knit, crochet and sew items from Lader’s daughter, Taylor Peters. Lader’s table had honey from her and Rick’s namesake farm in the hamlet of Borodino and syrup from Sherwood Road Sugar Shack.

Lader and Heath said they started selling crafts since their kids were young, but now that their kids are out of the house, their businesses are things for them to do. They said people were going in and out of the market all day.

The two also took part in the market event at the center earlier this month. It was the first craft show either had hosted since the pandemic began, although Lader had been involved in farmers’ markets. Heath said they were both happy to be out and explained why they participated in the market event.

“It’s mostly just socializing and money for fun. The kids are all grown up, we need money for fun,” Heath said.

Saturday’s event was the third market event at the center. Events featured lunches, with Rev. Banu Moore busy preparing food on Saturday. Moore, who is originally from Turkey and co-pastor of the Presbyterian church with her husband, Reverend James Moore, said the church supports community arts. The church once held events in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Art Council before the pandemic, Banu Moore said, but the council eventually moved to Willard Memorial Chapel.

While preparing vegetables, garlic bread and more with volunteers, Moore said the church wanted to showcase local art and help artists and artisans generate income. She added that she felt it was important “to buy local, to support the local community, to buy local art,” she said.

“The more we support our community, the more our community is nurtured and grows and art is a vital part of that,” Moore said.

Other exhibits included items such as sweaters, hats and bottles from Ancient Archive Design, with Patrizia Lafler and her 11-year-old daughter Anna Lafler holding the fort. Another room displayed an array of works by various artists. Deborah Morales had repurposed items such as stuffed animals/dog toys – with the help of her daughter Catalina Morales – while Deborah’s friend Carmen McLean, originally from Mexico, had items native to the country. The MiMi company reused it! by Marianne “MiMi” Langtry also presented various reused products.

Cathy Hamilton, who had just purchased a gnome ornament made from a pinecone from Langtry, said she had attended the craft market event every time it had taken place so far.

“It’s such a beautiful building and I love helping the church and the community,” Hamilton said.

Retired architect Ron Bachta showcased various scroll saw cut wooden pieces, with shapes designed to look like fairies, dragons, cats and more. Bachta said he found time to focus on crafts once he retired around 18 years ago.

He said his efforts require patience and a vision of how a raw piece of wood could “turn into something functional, useful and beautiful”.

Bachta said Saturday market attendance was slow, but was better at the previous two events. He is optimistic about the future of the market.

“This is just the beginning,” he said. “Who knows where it might go?

Managing Editor Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.