July 25, 2016

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Christmas in Colonies festival offers chance for crafts, cheer

MEDINA — Toddler Kailin Sheiver displayed a toothy grin Friday as she pointed at the “Candyland Christmas” tree.

Her grandparents, Don and Lynn Fortelka of Parma, said the artificial tree was the first item to grab the 17-month-old’s attention.

The “Candyland” tree was one of several on display as part of the Festival of Trees at the 30th annual Christmas in the Colonies. The Women’s Endowment Fund hosts the tree festival to raise money for its programs by raffling off gift baskets and selling the trees, which were decorated and donated by area businesses.

med-a1clr5colcolonies-copySarah Jane Ingrahm of Medina and her granddaughter Brooke Meinhart, 10, who is visiting from Virginia, marvel Friday at the decorated trees in the Festival of Trees at the 30th annual Christmas in the Colonies at the Medina County Community Center, 735 Lafayette Road. (Audrey McCrone / Gazette)

The Women’s Endowment Fund benefits programs in the county that encourage the advancement of women and children in the community.

Visitors can vote for a favorite tree and plaques will be awarded for People’s Choice and Children’s Choice.

Savannah Walter, 8, a third-grader at Huntington Elementary School in Brunswick, said she liked the “Sweet Christmas” tree that sported a big candy cane toward the top.

“I like that one,” Tyler Buehner, 10, a fifth-grader at Towslee Elementary School in Brunswick, said of the “Start Your Engines” tree.

Tyler and Savannah’s grandmother, Gayle Fisher, said she preferred the “unique and clever” inverted “Pineapple Upside-Down” tree.

Besides the Festival of Trees, Christmas in the Colonies features displays of more than 80 juried craftsmen, entertainment on two stages and Santa’s Wonderland, where kids can get a picture taken with Santa, make a craft or have their faces painted for an additional charge.

The event continues today and Sunday at the Medina County Community Center, 735 Lafayette Road.

It’s “such a neat place to come,” said Ruth Kniola of Maple Heights.

Sue Evans of Sisters Scented Candles in Cuyahoga Falls said this is her first year selling her double-scented soy wax jar candles at the event, but she has attended the home and flower show in Medina.

She said one of her fresh-baked candles first smells of “yeasty dough” and then radiates the aroma of bread baking in the oven.

Sandi Dunphy, of Mount Vernon, said she encouraged her husband J.T. to follow his passion back in 1994 and Turned Treasure was born.

She said J.T. creates fine art bowls made from “rescued wood,” most which comes from the Knox County landfill to keep costs low.

Judy Battig and Linda Kaplan of Gone Nuts in Richfield said they specialize in corporate gifts.

Kaplan said Gone Nuts is in its sixth year of business, and Battig said the gourmet candied nut recipe has been in her family for 30 years.

Contact Audrey McCrone at (330) 721-4063 or amccrone@ohio.net.