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News photo by Darby Hinkley Justin Schaedig, 16, poses with his handmade items at Art on the Bay on Sunday. The teenager took up sewing and crocheting during the pandemic, as taught to him by his late grandmother, Diane Schaedig. He makes a variety of items from baby toys to bowl warmers to handbags and more. His shop is called Stitches by Justin.

ALPENA – Mother Nature cooperated without a drop of rain in sight during Art on the Bay, held Saturday and Sunday at Bay View Park in Alpena.

Providers and organizers were very satisfied with the participation and the weather.

“It was a great show,” said Clint Kendziorski, first vice president of the Thunder Bay Arts Council. “The weather held up. Vendors have done exceptionally well this year.”

Some were even sold out. Some food vendors sold out on day one, but they expected to get more to feed Sunday attendees, Kendziorski said.

It’s hard to say how many people attended Art on the Bay as there is no gate or entrance fee, but the vendors have been happy with the deal and many are planning to come back next year. Kendziorski said the event usually draws at least 3,000 people.

News photo by Darby Hinkley Beth and Mike MacArthur pose with Beth’s creations which are homemade decorative wreaths and candle holders. Mike helps set up and sell. The couple calls Alpena at home.

Robert and Estelle Williams have been selling at Art on the Bay for over 20 years. The Eaton Rapids couple own Busy Bird’s bespoke crafts, which include magnetic bracelets made from semi-precious stones, as well as retro aprons, pet toys and other items.

“We always deal with other artisans,” said Robert Williams. “It’s a nice thing, because you get very unique, fine pieces at craft fairs.”

He really enjoys the atmosphere at Art on the Bay.

“We have a lot of repeat business here,” said Robert Williams. “This area supports the trades very well. The crew up front, the organizers, take care of all the different craftsmen so that everyone has a nice place. The people here are very supportive.”

He said his wife’s aprons sold really well at the fair.

News photo by Darby Hinkley Robert Williams of Eaton Rapids shows Alpena’s Maddy Saddler how easy it is to put on the handmade magnetic bracelet. Williams and his wife Estelle had a successful weekend selling magnetic jewellery, retro aprons and pet items. Her shop is called Busy Bird Custom-made Crafts.

“My wife’s aprons are so popular,” said Robert Williams. “In fact, she set a sales record here today. More aprons in 21 years than she’s sold anywhere. And we’re doing a show at Michigan State.”

Williams turns 80, although he could probably pass as 65. He and his wife are enjoying the shows and plan to be back next year.

A few aisles down, 16-year-old Justin Schaedig was busy selling his many crocheted and sewn items, from oven mitts to bowl warmers to tote bags and more. He even crochet stuffed bunnies and octopuses for babies and toddlers.

He learned to sew from his late grandmother Diane Schaedig. He’s been busy crafting items throughout the pandemic and now he’s happily selling them.

“I learned (at school) how to sew the basics, and then my grandma taught me how to crochet the basics,” said Justin Schaedig. “And then when COVID hit, I picked that up.”

News photo by Darby Hinkley Cheryl Carey poses with her handmade stained glass spinners and decorations. She and her husband Jim Carey are from Fairgrove, Michigan.

He was looking forward to having a busy weekend. This was his first time at Art on the Bay.

“It was great compared to other shows we’ve done,” said Justin Schaedig. “So we look forward to coming back next year.”

“We are here to support him, both his father and I,” said Justin’s mother, Peggy Schaedig. Her husband is Randy Schaedig. “He’s trying to make money for college.”

Beth MacArthur creates handmade decorative net wreaths and candle holders. Her husband Mike MacArthur helps set up and sell. The Alpena couple enjoy participating in Art on the Bay.

“We had a wonderful weekend,” she said.

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Many colorful and unique items were on display at Art on the Bay such as this handmade mesh wreath by Alpena’s Beth MacArthur. Her shop is called Circles of Love.

You can reach Lifestyle Editor Darby Hinkley at [email protected] or 989-358-5691.

News Photo by Darby Hinkley A large crowd descended on Art on the Bay at Bay View Park in Alpena this weekend to see arts and crafts being made and sold by 110 vendors. Visitors stroll up and down the aisles between the tents on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Robert Williams of Eaton Rapids helps Alpena’s Maddy Saddler try on one of the magnetic bead bracelets he makes.

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