The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

June 17, 2013

Nice weather makes for good turnout at Jefferson Depot Village Strawberry Festival

Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — Although storms threatened the area Sunday, sunny skies and warm temperatures prevailed, drawing a good crowd to the Jefferson Depot Village Strawberry Festival and Craft Bazaar.

This year marked the 26th year for the event which featured crafts, a quilt and doll show, live entertainment, games for kids and antique and classic car show and of course, homemade strawberry shortcake.

Several crafters said they had a lot of people stop by their booths.

“I had a good turn-out,” said Karinna Sortland, of Conneaut. “I’m glad the weather held out.”

Sortland had her hand-crafted jewelry on display at the festival.

Duane Tanner, of Scroll Saw Creations in Jefferson, was selling his handmade wood crafts. Tanner said he got quite a few orders and sold a number of items as well.

“I was very pleased,” he said. “I met and talked with other people who do woodworking. I enjoyed it very much.”

Jean Dutton, one of the event organizers, said the turn-out for this year’s festival was wonderful.

“We really had a big crowd,” she said. “We thought it was going to rain but it didn’t.”

Dutton said Jefferson Depot Village will be getting a new building to add to the grounds. An 1870 Carriage House is being moved to the property on Wednesday, she said.

“This will be our 15th building we are restoring,” she said.

Visitors to the village can stroll through the 1872 Lake Shore Michigan Southern Railroad Station and visit the 1848 “Church in the

Wildwood,” which was the first Methodist Episcopal meeting house. The 1849 Church Barn was built for the circuit-rider minister and patrons can see the 1838 Spafford One-Room Schoolhouse with its separate doors for girls and boys. Hohn’s General Store is filled with its original fixtures and merchandise and the 1860 Pharmacy features the Jackson Drug Store collection, herbal remedies and a medicinal herb garden behind it.

Folks can also take a look at the 1888 Victorian House, the 1845 Sheffield Post Office and the 1816 J. Warner Tavern.

Restoration is under way on the Benetka Blacksmith Shop, the 1918 PRR Caboose and the Girls’ Outhouse.