The Christmas lights issue

Dec 17, 2013
3:53 PM

We’ve seen the light, and it’s rather festive

Some would say that Clark Griswold began the Christmas decoration phenomenon in the 1989 cinematic classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, spent hours upon hours in the freezing cold to line his home with twinkling lights and his yard with Santas and reindeer. While the process may have been far from perfect, when Griswold finally got it all…

Dec 17, 2013
3:33 PM
Little of this, little of that

Katheryne Sharp is an artistic Swiss Army Knife and former falconer

Her business card lists just three of her many skills. Painting, jewelry making and musical fusion are what Katheryne Sharp is best known for. She is lesser known for her leather tanning, beading and soap making, and fewer still may know she spent some time as a falconer. If you are not familiar with Sharp’s work, you might want to check it out. A collection of her oil paintings is…

Dec 17, 2013
3:38 PM
Class is in session

Tim gets schooled by the pros in the art of Lego gingerbread houses

So there I was, surrounded by a group of professionals. At first there was a reason to be intimidated. Everyone in that room had more experience. The only way I was going to stand out was if I did something wrong. It was almost as if I had been set up to fail. Outside of a few sessions with my nieces and nephews, the world of Legos had long since passed me by. While the professionals…

Dec 17, 2013
3:25 PM
Pop-up store owner of the week

Alison Murphy talks crafts, art on roller skates and reality television

Name: Alison MurphyOccupation: Owner of Concord Handmade This is your third year opening in different spots downtown for the holidays. What have you learned from the first two years to make this year easier?The biggest thing I learned from the first year to the second year is that the location really, really matters. And that being closer to downtown and that walk-able downtown…

Dec 17, 2013
3:45 PM


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