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Christmas in Woods craft show to return

Published: 12:00 AM, Thu October, 11 2018

Staff report


UPDATE: Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods will return to the Shaker Woods site this month, with more than 200 quality crafters and artisans in period clothing demonstrating and selling their wares in a wooded settting.

The festival will take place Saturday and Sunday and again Oct. 20 and 21 at the site, which is 44337 County Line Road, just off state Route 7, one mile north of the intersection of state Route 14.

Hours are are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Admission is $8 per day (free for children 12 and under), which includes entertainment. For information, go to

“This year, we’re opening an hour earlier each day and have added an additional parking lot tram to better accommodate our guests,” said Ken McGaffic, who along with his wife, Linda, are promoters of the nationally recognized event. “We have a tremendous line-up of crafters, concessionaires and entertainers.”

Plenty of favorite craftspeople are returning for the Christmas show. Traditional crafters include candle makers, leatherworkers, woodworkers and doll makers. Hand-thrown pottery and iron and stone work will also be available.

Holiday craft items, decorations and handcrafted Christmas ornaments are featured at the festival, as well as holiday clothing, wreaths and floral arrangements.

Making his Christmas in the Woods debut is multiple Grammy and Dove Award winner Russ Taff, who has been hailed by Billboard Magazine as “the single most electrifying voice in Christian music.” He will perform Saturday and Sunday at the Meeting House Stage.

Vanessa Campagna will perform all four days on the Garden Stage.

The Ambridge Area High School Steel Drum Band will perform Saturday at the Simple Gifts Stage, where the Beaver Creek Band will perform Sunday.

Other performers will include Hermie Granati on Oct. 20 and 21; Bailey Taylor on Oct. 20; Jeff Jimerson and Airborne on Oct. 21; Steel Clover, all four days; and Bob Bellamy and the strolling groups .calm (pronounced “dot calm) and Sidekicks.

A wide variety of food vendors will serve traditional and holiday favorites. Holiday baked goods and candies will also be available.

The festival has acres of free parking. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted on festival grounds. Strollers are not recommended.