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Women of the Moose raise money with holiday craft fair

Karin Nasadoski of Mayfield, owner of Kreations by Karin, straightens a bow on one of her wreaths at the annual Women of the Moose craft and vendor fair on Saturday at the Johnstown Moose on Route 30A. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

JOHNSTOWN — Women of the Moose filled two rooms at the lodge on Route 30 for their annual craft and vendor fair on Saturday–and with Christmas not far away, ’twas the right season for it.

“I look around to see what catches my eye and see if there’s anything to buy for Christmas,” said Maria Bartholomew of Mayfield. “Last year I found a band of scarves that were sports related.”

Alan Paluzzi of Canajoharie was selling a variety of merchandise, including hunting and sports hats. He also was selling Trump 2020 wares but said they sell so well “a lot of companies are out of them.”

Stacy Palmer of Gloversville was looking “just for Christmas stuff” but also bought tea besides a Christmas table runner.

Danielle Sherman of Gloversville doesn’t make her own crafts but sells Lula Roe clothing. Some of the clothing may have seemed loud to some, but Sherman said, “The crazier the patterns, the more compliments I get.”

The public looks over wares at the annual Women of the Moose craft and vendor fair on Saturday at the Johnstown Moose on Route 30A. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

She said that selling this brand allows her to be a stay-at-home mom.

Karin Nasadoski, owner of Kreations by Karin of Mayfield, had rows of Christmas wreaths and stars to sell.

She said she got into the business 18 years ago using a small section of the garage. Since then, she said her husband “had to build another garage because I took over the garage.”

The Women of the Moose raise money in order to give it away to the community. At Christmas they provide food and gifts to a big family, said Denise Coco.

Besides that, the women raise money for the Moose Riders, who help Fulton and Montgomery county families with toys, and the women donate to a different food pantry each year. Last year they helped out the Fulton-Montgomery Community College student food pantry.

From left, Kristin and Lorna Nare of Nare Farm in Fonda make Advent stockings at their table during the annual Women of the Moose craft and vendor fair on Saturday at the Johnstown Moose on Route 30A. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

The Moose were busy selling meals too. Pat Jennings said the sales of meals were “up significantly” because “we got a much better turnout this year.”

By 1 p.m. the Moose women also had sold more than $300 of baked goods, with three hours left to go, said Jayne Simonds. One woman said she bought a trunk full of baked goods because of the high quality.

When Moose baker Debi Tubbs of Johnstown was 6 years old, her mother found a terrific secret recipe for molasses cookies in the Leader-Herald that Tubbs said she still uses. If the recipe was published, how could it be a secret? Tubb said that’s because she hasn’t found anybody who remembers it.

Alicia Deruscio, left, and Carol Baker, both of Tribes Hill, look over dog scarves at Crafty Sisters of Gloversville at the annual Women of the Moose craft and vendor fair on Saturday at the Johnstown Moose on Route 30A. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

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