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Two Women’s Barn Bazaar blends best of crafts, antiques

Fri., Sept. 12, 2008, midnight

This weekend, an artistic mother and daughter duo – who do business as Two Women – will open their scenic 10-acre farm south of Spokane for their second Barn Bazaar, an antiques and craft sale.

Between 25 and 30 vendors offering high-quality, original crafts and all sorts of antiques will set up shop under trees and elsewhere throughout grounds and buildings, said Dianna Chelf, who along with her daughter, Fielding Chelf, co-host the show. Their first, in June, drew about 500 visitors.

This time around look for numerous antiques dealers, folks selling handmade crafts and art, hot lunches from Fletcher’s B.B.Q. and even an old-fashioned horseshoe pit.

Live bluegrass music performed by the Wylie Family of Spokane will lend an upbeat score to the gathering.

“It’s a nice day in the country. We encourage people to bring their kids. And we don’t care if they bring their dogs just as long as they’re on a leash,” Chelf said.

Perched on the edge of the Palouse Prairie, the farm is the epitome of Americana. There’s a Victorian-style farmhouse, big red barn, nostalgic out-buildings and pastures filled with grazing cows and horses. All this a mere 20 miles or so south of Spokane.

Other booths will feature hand-gathered and home spun Alpaca yarn, zany garden art, cement outdoor sculptures poured from original molds, bundles and edibles made with lavender, soaps and lotions and large, colorful candles.

Dianna Chelf, who’s mastered the Pennsylvania Dutch folk art of paper cutting known as Scherenschnitte, and Fielding Chelf, who makes jewelry with vintage found objects, gemstones and pearls, will be greeting guests and showing their work as well.

“It’s kind of a nice day away from the city,” Chelf said.

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