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Lost River Craft celebrates 20th anniversary

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May '08
For a party 20 years in the making, the Lost River Craft Cooperative is pulling out all the stops.

The artisan cooperative, which opened its doors in the summer of 1988, is hosting a range of craft demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, on the lawn around their gallery in the 150-year-old Harper Barn along WV 259 in Lost River.

Many of the artisans are friends of cooperative member Priscilla Blosser-Rainey of Timberville, Va., who is active in several heritage fiber craft organizations in the Shenandoah Valley.

“Fiber has traditionally been one of our strongest crafts,” said Nancy Powell, a member of the cooperative's board of directors.

To represent the full range of fiber artistry, from raw fiber to finished product, Powell has made arrangements on Saturday with Sharon Music of Harmony Hill Farm near Wardensville to have some llamas on hand, and for Debbie White of Forevermore Farm of Mathias to bring some lambs. White is also planning a sheep-shearing demonstration.

Saturday's animal displays will be complemented by spinners Lynn Eggleston of Lost River and Christina Parham of Timberville; weavers Mary Ann Gentry of Woodstock, Va., and Nancy Voas of Harrisonburg, Va.; and lace-makers Clyde and Judi DeWitt of Yellow Spring.

Blosser-Rainey will demonstrate spinning on the Tusing sisters' “Great Wheel” spinning wheel, an important piece of the Lost River Museum collection. The museum, a sister organization to the craft cooperative, is located on the lower level of the Harper Barn.


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