Thousands enjoy Templeton Arts and Crafts Festival

  • “Legendary Quilt,” was stitched by Vicki Cartee of Templeton. In quilt show hand-out, Cartee explained she and her youngest daughter used to watch the TV show “Finding Bigfoot” together. So, she made this quilt for her daughter. It includes a slice of pizza because in one episode of the show, pizza is Sasquatch’s favorite food. GREG VINE

  • Pease Orchard and the Red Apple Farm, both of Phillipston, were well represented – and patronized – during the weekend festival. GREG VINE

  • Pease Orchard and the Red Apple Farm, both of Phillipston, were well represented – and patronized – during the weekend festival. GREG VINE

  • The Monadnock Island Sounds Steel Drum Band literally banged out popular tunes from the gazebo on Templeton Common on the first day of the festival. GREG VINE

  • Beautiful quilts, handmade by craftspeople from around the region, were displayed from the balcony at First Church of Templeton. —Greg Vine

  • Another popular vendor at the festival was Whims & Wishes, owned by Maria McInerny of Leominster, which featured hand crafted jewelry items. —Greg Vine

  • Crowds started showing up early for this weekend’s Templeton Arts & Crafts Festival. GREG VINE

  • Beautiful quilts, handmade by craftspeople from around the region, were displayed from the balcony at First Church of Templeton. GREG VINE

  • Templeton’s Broken Stitches, featuring handmade quilts and other items, was one of the most popular vendors at the festival. Items for sale were crafted by business owner Rosemarie Haley and by Debbie Hendrickson. —Greg Vine

  • Templeton’s Broken Stitches, featuring handmade quilts and other items, was one of the most popular vendors at the festival. Items for sale were crafted by business owner Rosemarie Haley and by Debbie Hendrickson. —Greg Vine

  • “Oxmoor House Christmas Quilt,” made by Annie “Cookie” Boudreau of Winchendon was one of the impressive quilts displayed at the First Church Quilt Show. —Greg Vine

  • “Oxmoor House Christmas Quilt,” made by Annie “Cookie” Boudreau of Winchendon was one of the impressive quilts displayed at the First Church Quilt Show. —Greg Vine

  • Whether they’re at a festival feature or not, dogs are always an attraction for the younger set. GREG VINE

For the Athol Daily News
Published: 8/18/2019 9:50:17 PM

TEMPLETON – The Templeton Arts and Crafts Festival was officially slated to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, but – to the delight of the dozens of vendors on hand – browsers, people-watchers, and, more importantly, potential customers showed up well in advance to check out all the fair had to offer.

Event organizer Darlene Scerra said some 75 vendors had signed up to fill historic Templeton Common for the weekend. Scerra explained the event is used to raise funds for scholarships for students living in Templeton and Phillipston, the towns that comprise the Narragansett Regional School District.

“The scholarships are for those continuing their education,” she said. “That includes college kids and adults who may be heading back to college. We give out anywhere between $10,000 and $15,000 in scholarships each year. We also present someone with the Gladys Salame Scholarship.”

Salame, along with her husband Stephen, founded the festival in the mid-90s. She also taught elementary school in the Narragansett district for many years and was the first woman elected to Templeton’s selectboard. Salame passed away in 2003 (her husband in 2015).

“The Salame award goes to someone who has not only done well academically,” said Scerra, “but who has also been involved in community service. Applicants for the scholarship also need to write an essay.”

Scerra added that, after 14 years, this would be her last year as event organizer. She explained she is moving to Marlboro to pursue a new job opportunity.

“I still plan on being involved,” said Scerra. “This is such a great event, and the people involved are just great, so I couldn’t give it up completely. I love it. So, I’ll be back next year to help out and work it.”

If you missed the festival this year, mark your calendar for 2020. The Templeton Arts and Crafts Festival is always held the third weekend in August. 


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