WAVERLY — It’s beginning to fel more like spring these days, and the Waverly Comm helped people get ready for the season with its third annual Greenhouse & Kitchen Show on Saturday, April 28. Many of its vendors offered items and services for home-improvement needs.
Nettie Goldstein decorated her springlike stand with items from her company Woods & Company Furniture & Home Decor in South Abington Twp., which she owns with Val Langan. She vended items such as brightly colored throws and furniture as well as wood-gleaming products such as stains and finishes.
Eric Fritz and his wife Mary, both of Honesdale, were there to offer customers clean water services with their company called Waterpure, Inc. They perform water purification and water testing for houses or just for the kitchen sink. But they don’t stop there. They continued their business by becoming wholesalers for all-natural household products, including Doctor Hoy’s pain relief gel.
“Good water and good products go hand in hand,”Mary ssaid.
Eric and Mary also sold products good for the skin, such as earth-friendly body butter, sugar scrubs, body washes and bubble baths.
The Greenhouse & Kitchen Show not only had vendors geared toward home improvement. There were quite a few that offered naturally made food items made by the vendors. Annie’s Country Kitchen had a stand that offered owner Lee Jamison’s homemade sauces and jams. Jamison’s sister Lynne and his daughter Kristy, who ran the stand in the Comm’s auditorium, mentioned that Lee has two ordering websites, which raise funds for two different causes. Twenty percent of sales from his website http://www.vfwmp.anniesfundraising.org go to the Veterans Memorial Park and 20 percent of sales from his website www.station2.anniesfundraising.org go to the Chinchilla Hose Co.
“This is a really great event with a lot of loved vendors,” said Kristy. “If people would like to learn about how to help out in the community through our fundraisers, they can check out Annie’s Facebook page.”
The show also had many vendors in the North Wing of the Comm, as well. Spring Hill Farms in Dalton sold jars and bottles of purely made maple syrup. Susan Constantine, who was at the show vending the syrup, owns the company with her family.
“It keeps me busy,” she said.
Constantine and her family know that winter is the best time to make the syrup. Starting in January, they pick sap from trees and get it ready to boil and prepare for the spring months.
“It has to be done in certain climate conditions,” Constantine said about making syrup. “It would take 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.”
Wyldflower Farms in Montrose gave customers bread to dip samples of “Bread Dipper” sauces with flavors such as sun-dried and tomato, garlic and peppercorn, and rosemary. There were also samples of Wyldflower’s bobcat sauces with flavors such as hot and chipotle. The stand was manned by Matthew Repchick, whose mother Nicole makes the sauces. Kathleen Snyder and Eric Ashley assisted them. This was the first time Wyldflower Farm participated in the Greenhouse & Kitchen Show.
This was also the first time Nate Trout, whose mother Tere De Melo owns Cakes & Scones Bakery in Greentown, vended an array of scones, eclairs, and cookies, brownies, and cheesecakes topped with fruit. De Melo has been cooking professionally for more than 30 years, and opened the bakery 14 years ago.
“We were referred by a vendor at the Scranton Prep Galleria,” said Trout.
Luke Damiani, who makes coffee called Damiani Coffee Roasters, gave samples of his exotic-sounding brews such as Brazil Fazenda Sertao and Columbia Cauca. His coffee is available by appointment only in a warehouse off Route 6 in Factoryville.
The Greenhouse & Kitchen Show brought people to the Waverly Small Works Gallery, located in the Comm’s South Wing. It features artworks by a local artist whose display begins when the Comm has a special event.
“We always make sure the Comm has an event that’s relative and goes with the theme,” said Merissa Garrison, director of the gallery.
Since the theme of the Greenhouse & Kitchen Show is spring, the artworks, which include photos of trees and flowers made by local artist Kathy Fallon, of Scranton, are currently featured in the gallery. Her display is called “Inner Universe.” Using layers and various effects, she makes her photos look like paintings. She has a complete line of traditional photographs, from which she makes fine art prints. She heard about the Waverly Small Works Gallery when she entered the Juried Art Show last November and won first prize.
“I absolutely love the gallery,” she said. “It is such a beautiful, warm and inviting room, with perfect light and color. Merissa and Stephen (Gerrison) have done a fabulous job setting up and running this gallery. And the Waverly Community House is an ideal location for artwork.”