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Strange Folkways, Here We Come


Though last year’s inaugural Strange Folk Indie Arts and Crafts Festival (think ReadyMade magazine, not Country Living) was a booming success, the 2007 installment of Strange Folk promises to be even better. With nearly 100 vendors from twelve states and every last stitch, stencil and screenprint still painstakingly handmade, the variety and quality of affordable and adorable products are well worth a trip across the river. Crafty entrepreneurs such as Beqi Clothing, Squasht by Les and festival founder Autumn Wiggins’ String Theory are familiar names on the handmade scene, but don't overlook other jewels by Das Kaninchen (felted creatures), Kill Taupe (pop-art objects for the home) and prints by Gina T. Live music, food by Backyard BBQ and Eckert’s, and hourly giveaways provide the “festival” portion of the festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in O’Fallon Community Park (401 East Fifth Street, O’Fallon, Illinois). Admission is free, but you’ll obviously need some money to actually buy something -- or everything. For more information and directions, visit
Sat., Sept. 22, 2007