|Mum's the word|
Apologies for the pun. Wickman's deserves better for the sea of mums that greeted visitors to the fest.
|Scarecrows from scratch|
Nursery manager Nikki Petitt had to rush to create some "extra staff" to work the Festival.
|Taking it easy|
One of the "extra staff" keeping an amiable watch over the nursery's Garden Center.
Arts and crafts booths brightened the Festival no little, led by Wickman floral designer Steve Waddell. Steve's been creating flower arrangements for Wickman's for--are you ready for this?--28 years. We think he's got it.
|The Good Old Days|
Mother and daughter Nelda Darnell and Kaye Kamerer showed how our ancestors made homemade apple butter. That's mom Nelda stirring the cast iron pot. They say the apples, cloves, cinnamon, and other spices are all in the hot mix.
|Going first class|
Just who's taking who to the Fall Festival?
Baby chicks, rabbits, and other fun critters were a big hit in the Petting Zoo, with the help of the Willard FFA chapter. We liked the duck.
Dennis Spradlin of Artist Point in Mountainburg, Arkansas, brought his hand-blown glass objects. Dennis specializes in creating colorful glass butterflies and dragonflies.
This scene with Mary Guccione's painted objects really caught our eye.
Mary calls her business "Ordinary Mary," and, as this mailbox attests, her motto is "From Ordinary to Extraordinary."
For sheer fun, Mary's facelift on this old dresser is hard to beat. She also does custom painting and home decorating and design, and will even paint murals to order.
|Color and texture|
Fiber artist Lynn Zervik brought her remarkable handweaving and quilting.
These young visitors were drawn to Lisa Thayer's colorful tie-dyed bandanas.
|It's a deal|
All three young ladies walked away with new headgear. Lisa's bandanas drew a lot of attention at the Festival. Her and husband Carl's Thayer Farms regularly sells at the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
|A new craft|
Russ Hewitt is the creator of "chipping and gouging," a technique that requires very few tools and yields the exquisitely detailed decoration shown here. Russ, a member of the Ozarks Whittlers and Woodcarvers, also teaches the art.
|Put on a happy face|
Diane Bannon and her daughter Sarah gave these pumpkins new life for the Festival.
Drawing a great deal of attention was the garden art of Bill Horst, known for creating beautiful works in cast concrete.
|Planters and hangings|
A shady but nonetheless revealing view of some of the detail in Bill's stepping stones, planters, and wall hangings. Bill notes that the color pigments are actually mixed into the concrete.
Bill's stepping stones come in an assortment of sizes and colors and feature his own designs, many of which are Celtic in theme. Bill normally sells at the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
|A veteran crafter|
Jan Koenemann, who's been crafting for 20 years and even written a book on how have a successful booth at craft shows, brought an assortment of her works, including Christmas ornaments, note cards, and gift bags.
Our favorite creation of J&G Woodcrafts was Betty Boop, whose legs, of which she appears to have three, spin in the wind.
Also of note among many whimsical J&G woodworkings was this droll bovine mailbox. J&G Woodcrafts, by the way, is the brainchild of Springfieldians Jim and Gloria Payne.
|Copper & Glass|
George and Kay Smith as Pure Light Studio create unique stained glass objects. These copper-and-glass wall hangings feature glass leaves and grapes that are actually a gorgeous, translucent deep green. In the bright sunlight our camera unfortunately rendered the glass much darker. The Smiths' clientele include residential, commercial, and church customers.
Wickman's gave our little website some Festival space--a great chance to meet folks, tell them about the site, and chat about Ozarks gardening. We really enjoyed it. Oh, the woman peeking around the sign is Lisa Thayer, whose booth was next to ours. The man? Well, he's just a prop.