Homemade Days back in Brandon Park

After a couple of years at Susquehanna State Park along the banks of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Homemade Days is back in Brandon Park, and at least one of the artists who hand-crafts unique items for sale is glad for the change.

Susan Whitford, of Trout Run, is one of the vendors who is looking forward to selling her products and greeting visitors back where it traditionally began beneath the shade trees of Brandon Park.

“It was nice along the river, but I don’t think the people would go that far,” she said. “I think in the park you’re going to have more people attend.”

“I enjoy doing crafts,” Whitford said, when asked the importance of the event for customers and the participants who have spent money to rent space. “I did them when my mother was alive and she used to hand-crochet a lot and that’s how I go into it.”

Whitford, who offers a selection of cloth towels that hang on the stove, makes plastic bag holders, pot scrubbers, and has reversable table runners, will join about 75 other vendors who have signed up, according to Justin Simpson, city recreation department director and event coordinator.

“It’s really a chance for people to display their talents and to see them on display,” he said.

Mark Matz, of Sunbury, who is bringing kettle corn, and Diane Shaner, of Williamsport, who has an array of soaps, lotions and bath items, are also excited to be taking part in the city park along Packer Street, Simpson said. Visitors can anticipate seeing them and many other vendors selling their plants, jewelry, and pottery.

Also after 3 p.m. Friday, several bands are scheduled to perform on the stage of the Dr. Kenneth Cooper Band Shell, named after the late city resident and retired obstetrician who made the park his second home and is credited with planting many of its trees along with shade trees across Williamsport.

For the families and children, at dusk on Friday, the city is sponsoring a movie in the park with a showing of the animated feature “Madacascar 3.”

A five-member committee has been working for weeks ahead preparing to get many local vendors and food vendors, he said. The committee consisted of Simpson, Allen Goodbrod, Jeff Reeder, Rodney Morgans and Sally Wiegand.

Simpson expects vendors to begin to arrive Thursday.

For those planning, the conditions forecast appear to be right on target for outdoor activities. As of Monday, the National Weather Service in State College had indicated sunshine on both days and temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s.