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Open-air Hagley Craft Fair set for Oct. 17

Delaware News Desk
Hagley Museum and Library announced the annual Hagley Craft Fair will go on this year, set for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Hagley Library, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington.

Hagley Museum and Library announced the annual Hagley Craft Fair will go on this year, set for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Hagley Library, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington. 

Since 1978, the Hagley Craft Fair has showcased regional artists. Although many fall events were canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fair will be held in a new format according to the state of Delaware’s COVID-19 guidelines for events. 

The one-day, open-air market will be spread through the woodlands of Hagley’s upper property surrounding the Hagley Library and Soda House. The exclusively outdoor format provides space for social distancing and seeing fall colors.

Visitors may browse the work of nearly 50 returning and new artists specializing in jewelry, textiles, wood and pottery, in addition to a specialty food market.

Brady and Hope Shuert, of Claymont, will bring their small-batch, soft caramels in warm fall flavors, such as chai spice and apple.

“One day my husband, Brady, took some of my salted caramel cupcakes to share with his co-workers,” said Hope Shuert. “Although they were topped with a delectable caramel-vanilla buttercream frosting, it was the caramel core of the vanilla cupcake that caught the attention of one of his co-workers. ‘Could she make the caramel cupcake without the cupcake?’ And so, Hope’s Caramels was born.”

Dolores Fawkes, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, who oxidizes her pieces to create color and sets them with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls, will make her Delaware debut at the craft fair.

“My jewelry is made of sterling silver and 18 karat gold bi-metal,” said Fawkes. “All pieces are hand-constructed using traditional silversmithing techniques.” 

Eric Zippe, of Wilmington, will be selling photography transferred to wood, fine art prints and laser engraved wood with eclectic subject matter, ranging from classic cars to trees. This is his debut at the craft fair.

Admission is $5, free for Hagley members and children younger than 6. Advance tickets are required, and guests 12 and older will be required to wear a face mask at all times, except when eating and drinking. Vendors will have hand sanitizer available, and handwashing stations will be located throughout the event grounds. 

For tickets and more, visit hagley.org/craft.