A Personalized Touch

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craftfairST. JOHNSBURY- The Northeastern Regional Hospital Craft Fair held every year, is a time when hospital employees get their chance to show off and sell their crafts. Running as an all-day event, nearly a dozen vendors present their individual works, each having their own artistic specialty.

 Sponsored by NVRH auxilians and volunteers, this year marked the twelfth running of the fair. Patricia Forest is an NVRH employee who runs all auxiliary events at the hospital.


When speaking about the annual Craft fair she stated, "I think anytime you can get the public to come, it shows they are not just coming here because they need assistance, but because they are now able to help us too." A portion of the money raised through crafts goes in support of upgrades and improvements to the hospital.

Most vendors specialize in one specific type of craft skill, with wood-made designs such as toolboxes, or even various jewelry that includes earrings and bracelets. 

One particular vendor, Tina McCue, has been crafting for the fair over the past eight years. She is a medical secretary for the Woman's Wellness Center, and covers an array of pieces for her display. "I've been doing hand painted wine glasses, bases like salt and pepper shakers, candle holders and sugar bowls", McCue explained.

People have been enjoying her crafts for many years because of how long they last. They are also appreciated because they can be customized to anyway upon request. For example, a newer piece McCue introduced this time around are welcome signs on hand painted slate.

Some of McCue's crafts are more appreciated that others. For example, her most detailed pieces feature a "grapevine" design, painted with a purple and green tint.   "It takes three and a half hours to make, because you need to paint with each individual color and layer, letting it dry in between", she noted.

As for this year's craft fair, McCue added how the outcome was hit or miss in comparison to prior seasons. She always makes sure to keep a binder at her display table, presenting photos of her art over past years.

NVRH's first auxiliary event for next year will be a uniform sale held in February.