OSCODA – Even cloudy skies and bitter winds couldn’t keep locals away from checking out the inaugural Furtaw Fresh Air Market last weekend.
Locals arrived on Furtaw Field ready for connection, conversation and fresh air after being cooped up during the winter. The market, expected to take place monthly, was started by Jan Roberts who wanted to give individuals a place to share their creations with a lower entry fee.
The two-day event included a variety of arts and crafts to admire with around 20 vendors which included S. Rogers Originals, Nat’s Crafts Magnificent Magdart, Hello Dollies, Thirty-One, Paparazzi, Crafts by Jan Roberts, Krisi’s Kreations, Crystal’s ~ dreads & accessories, Tina Scott with apothecary and painted items, May I Design, Mouse Ink Designs, MarXArt, Schottzy Art, Judy’s 3D Art, Jewelry by Margaret and farm fresh eggs, among others.
Things being sold included: eggs, handcrafted jewelry, wearable art, paintings, handmade dolls, purses and bags, crafts, apothecary items, walking sticks, dreads, handmade soaps, scrubs. The vendors were placed along US-23 on Furtaw Field beside the Paul Bunyan statue. Although the weather didn’t appear to be ideal, locals seemed like they enjoyed being out in the community.
Through browsing the market, it was discovered that several vendors were making a first time appearance to market life. One of these was Royce Kennedy of Mikado, who just last week decided to start making walking sticks. He said boredom led to the new adventure and that he would learn how to make spheres, knives and wands next.
He was at a table with Kristina Rothove of Krisi’s Kreations and Crystal Jancar of Crystal’s dreads & accessories. Another newbie spotted was Artist Margariete Shaffer of Magnificent Magdart who said it took a lot for her to put her pieces out there due to her anxiety. She said her art is something she uses to express herself.
With a number of newbies, also came those who were very familiar with market life. One of these was Nissa Dowdy of East Tawas who sells her hand embroidered dolls on Etsy. She said she has been sewing for the last eight years and making dolls for the last six years.
She said she started sewing them because many years ago her daughter had a doll that got dirty, so she threw it in the washing machine and discovered mold. Knowing this, she decided to make washable cotton dolls for little kids to enjoy.
The next Furtaw Fresh Air Market will be held on June 5 and 6 on Furtaw Field, with parking available on Lake Street.