Warm weather draws crowds to Winter Bash

By Joseph Slacian

They rhythmic tapping of wooden mallets against metal stamps filled the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall on Thursday morning.

More than 100 youngsters turned out to learn how to make decorative leather bracelets. The workshop, conducted by local artist Candie Cooper, was part of the Center’s annual Winter Bash.

The two-day event art workshops by Cooper, free roller skating, an art project at the Charley Creek Gardens, free movies and a free tour of the Dr. James Ford Historic Home.

Teresa Galley, the Honeywell Foundation’s Director of Education and Outreach, credited the mild weather with the good turnouts at the two-day event.

“The weather cooperated with us this year,” she told The Paper of Wabash County. “Last year I think it was negative 14 during Winter Bash. We do plan for some snow during Winter Bash, but negative 14 is a bit brutal.

“The weather brought the people out. We’ve been at capacity for almost every event. We’re thrilled that so many people are coming out.”

Another factor in the success, she said, was how the holidays fell this year.

“With the holidays last week and the first of this week, people we ready to get out of the houses,” Galley said.

During the leather bracelet workshop, Cooper explained to the youngsters the proper way to prepare the leather for the work.

To do so, small sponges were used to wet the leather bands, which were then stamped by one several stamps with various designs on them. Once stamped, the bracelets were then dried with hand-held hairdryers before the youngsters painted them with foam brushes.

Cooper told the youngsters that once they get home, they can add other color with such things as nail polish. To help preserve the color, she suggested using a clear varnish on the bracelets.

The Winter Bash was sponsored by the Terrell Realty Group and Advance America.

Posted on 2019 Jan 08