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Nov 2, 2013 11:41 PM by Tony Spehar -

Black Forest comes together for craft show

A tradition going back nearly 50-years returned to Black Forest despite the devastation caused by this summer's wildfire as the Black Forest Arts and Crafts Guild held the 49th Annual Fall Show and Sale this weekend.

All the usual creations were on sale and, of course, some reflected on the tragedy. The Black Forest Arts and Crafts Guild has been putting on shows since 1965 and many of their members were affected by the June wildfire.

"We have some members that are truly in shock, it's been very hard for them," explained President Donna Hartley. "Twelve of us were totally burned out."

Hartley lost her home of 30-years to the fire.

"We burned very early on, the fire got us the first afternoon, late in the afternoon," she described. "A cop came up the driveway and he said you've got to run it's going to be across the street in a few minutes."

Some guild members lost everything, including the tools to build their crafts. But, Hartley said everyone pitched in to help get the fall show up and running to help the community get back at least one of the many traditions that make Black Forest what it is. Even the location of the show, the Black Forest Community Center, stood as a symbol of the community's solidarity.

"You know this has been pulled out of the ashes I guess, they thought this building had burned down at first but it did not," Hartley said. "The wall of flames stopped right behind the building."

Because of the destruction some guild members will be moving away and for those who will remain there's still a lot of work to be done.

"Some of us are pretty stubborn, we're going to rebuild," Hartley explained. "We made the decision right away, so even before the ashes had cooled we knew we were going to rebuild."

The Fall Show and Sale ends on Sunday, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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