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Craft Fair signals new season at C&NW Railroad Depot Museum in Redfield

Posted: Thursday, Apr 25th, 2013




A Craft Fair, bake sale and bakped potato lunch are planned Saturday, April 27, at the Historic C&NW Railroad Depot Museum in Redfield signals the beginning of the Depot’s 2013 Season.

An annual event, the Spring Craft Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature many handmade items, including crocheted items crafted by Vicki Schimke Crochets; scarves crafted by Deb Erb; bird feeders crafted by Wooden Magic; jewelry crafted by Dakota Creations; custom sewing projects crafted by Zens Market; and tote bags and other items crafted by Ma & Pa Custom Crafts.

The C&NW Depot Gift shop will also have items available. For the sweet tooth, a bake sale will be held, with proceeds going to benefit the Redfield Crisis Center. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. shoppers can enjoy a baked potato lunch with their choice of toppings, a bar and a drink. Shoppers may also sign up for a variety of door prizes.

In conjunction with the Craft Fair on the same day, a Vendor Fair will take place at the Redfield Knights of Columbus Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will include 31 Bags, Pink Zebra, Pampered Chef, Diva Girl, Paparazzi, It Works, Avon, JB’s Country Store, Clever Containers, Tastefully Simple, Premiere Jewelry, Tupperware, Cement Leaves, Mary Kay and Cross Jewelry. Lunch will also be served at the Vendor Fair and consists of a baked potato with your choice of toppings, a bar, and a drink. A bake sale with proceeds benefiting the Redfield Crisis Center will also run the length of the Vendor Fair.

Located at the junction of U.S. Highways 281 and 212 in Redfield, the Historic C&NW Depot was built in 1904 and will be celebrating 100 years in 2014. Today it houses a gift shop and museum honoring the early history of the area and the railroad. Plans are in place preparing for a 100 year anniversary.

One of the first steps is the restoration of the original lunchroom kitchen. According to Mary Lou Schwartz, staff at the depot, “In the early years Millie Stern and her husband Fred served Millie’s famous donuts, pies and restaurant style meals to rail travelers and town residents.” This was accomplished in a small space at the depot containing a stove, sink, and a large pantry style cabinet and counter. While original floor plans show the location of the pantry style cabinet, the depot staff is searching for photos of the kitchen to compare with the information available in the C&NW Depot archives to determine the style of the cabinet and the materials used to construct it. “We would like to have a cabinet built for the kitchen that is a recreation of the original cabinet,” said Schwartz who relayed that they speculate the cabinet may have been a Hoosier style cabinet with a pull-out counter. Anyone who has any memory of the cabinet or photos of the original kitchen are encouraged to contact Depot Curator Kathy Maddox at 460-0144.

Other events to watch for this season include:

• Throughout the month of May an art show featuring the work of Hitchcock-Tulare High School students will be on display.

• In June, the China Painting of Father Christopher Hughes will be on display.

• During the month of July, the Depot will host a special display featuring the Girl Scouts throughout the month. After the Redfield Fourth of July parade, the local Girl Scouts will be serving hot dogs, drinks, and chips.

For the runners and walkers out there, the Depot will host the Depot Annual July 4th Road Race/Walk featuring a one mile walk, a 5K run and a 10K run. Awards will be given for the best overall male and female runners in each event, and all participants will be eligible for prize drawings.

Registration forms are available on the Redfield City website, www.redfield-sd.com or the Historic C&NW Depot in Redfield. Advance registration is recommended and appreciated for the event, with walk-on registration beginning that day at 7:15 a.m. The starting gun will go off at 7:45 a.m.

• In August the Depot will host a Lego contest and display.

Watch for announcements of additional events throughout the summer.

Depot hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1 through Dec. 31, with free Barrel train rides for the children the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month through August. To reserve the Depot for special events, please contact Kathy Maddox at 460-0144 or Redfield City Hall at 472-4550.

For the complete article see the 04-24-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 04-24-2013 paper.


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