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By Jared Janzen
HALSTEAD — With over 30 suppliers expected for the 54e The annual Brick Street Arts and Crafts Festival, there should be plenty of reasons to come for some shopping in downtown Halstead this Saturday. But, if you needed one more reason to leave your home, this year’s festival will feature a performance by the Corry Academy of Irish Dance.
“They actually contacted me,” said festival organizer Amy Beck. “They haven’t been able to go out and dance a lot because of COVID, so they’re looking for opportunities. It was just too fantastic for me to let it go.
The Corry Academy of Irish Dance is located in Kechi and has competed around the world for the past two decades, winning championships at local, regional, national and global levels.
They will perform in Halstead at 11 a.m. near Town Hall.
The Brick Street Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday in block 200 of Main Street. Vendors will sell a variety of homemade and artisanal items, from laser etched items to fused glass, salsa, jams and jellies, Christmas items, handmade soap and more.
Beck noted that the college PTO is still accepting items for a silent auction. She added that the library would sell used books on that day, and other local businesses could hold sales on that day as well.
KPTS Channel 8 will also be in town that afternoon to do a festival special for its Positively Kansas TV show.
Here is the list of suppliers who have registered for the event:
• an information stand on Brick Street
• crafts for the children of Brick Street
• Halstead Community Foundation – information booth, raffle
• Sunflower Woodworkers Guild – demonstration and interactive woodworking
• Creative stitches – embroidery
• Unique craftsmanship – yard art from recycled glass
• Personality by Zoll – Christmas stockings, magnets, thongs, wrist key chains, burp pads, elastic headbands and bracelets, inexpensive jewelry making for kids
• Cathy Schneider – framed photos, canvas prints
• Warrior Wife Creations: polymer clay earring, photo boxes, crowns
• Martha Gartner – pickles, salsa, honey, jelly
• Lynette’s Interiors: window treatments, pillows, floral art with paper, Christmas decorations
• Bill Bush, author
• Julee’s Glass – art of fused glass
• Skeeter Bug Creations: Homemade crafts, vinyl and sublimation on mugs, napkins, t-shirts, crochet, bleached flannels and t-shirts
• Cedar Brook Soap – handmade soaps, bath bombs, body butter, bags, scrubs
• Mum Jules Salsa
• Runneth Over: fresh local fruits and products, canned products, baked goods
• Floating Lotus by Karli – custom designed top, interior design and plants
• Boutique South 80 – personalized laser engraved items
• Quarantine boredom – Cheyenne earrings, wooden bottle holders, painted glass candy jars, wine bottle candle holders and lamps.
• The salty creamery – a small amount of homemade ice cream
• Farrell Bees – local honey
• A little soil – dried and fresh flowers
• Crema Roastery – coffee
• A division of Henry’s Chase – hand drawn artwork and vintage items
• Cornman barbecue – roasted corn, brats and hot dogs
• Pottery thrown in the trash – pottery thrown in the wheel
• Third Street Saw Shop and Millspaugh Woodworks – handcrafted and CNC products including cutting boards, flags, signs, clocks, and more.
• Corry Academy of Irish Dance – performance at 11 am
• HMS PTO – fundraiser with breakfast, pastries and silent auction with items from local businesses such as: Champs Meats, Halstead Floral, Chelsea’s Cakes & Catering, Creations by Cindy, Mom Cave Designs and more
* The empty forge – blacksmith
* Barry’s Box Truck art gallery – paintings
* Anne Eaison
* not yet 100% confirmed.