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Cottages, crafts on display at Good Templar Park

Ted Bowman of Elgin demonstrates how he carves Dala horses during the Cottages in the Woods Scandinavian Holiday Craft Sale at Good Templar Park in Geneva Sunday.
Ted Bowman of Elgin demonstrates how he carves Dala horses during the Cottages in the Woods Scandinavian Holiday Craft Sale at Good Templar Park in Geneva Sunday.

GENEVA – As storms swept through the area Sunday morning, those at Good Templar Park in Geneva predicted the severe weather would affect attendance for the Cottages in the Woods Scandinavian Holiday Craft Sale.

Still, the participating cottages remained open to those willing to expose themselves to the elements, and organizers worked to prepare a hot lunch for visitors.

"The place was so packed yesterday we could not move," said Jody Moreen, who was part of the event. "We could hardly keep up."

More than 300 people attended the event Saturday, Moreen said, using the $5 admission fee for ages 12 and older as a way to estimate the attendance.

Now in its fifth year, the holiday craft show not only acts as a fundraiser for the park but is also an opportunity for the public to tour about a dozen cottages in Good Templar Park, 628 Eastside Drive.

"It's a chance for us to open our park to our neighbors," cottage owner Linda Schweikhofer said.

Fellow cottage owner Jan Freidinger said she is proud of her ability to preserve the structure, which was once owned by her grandmother. Except for the layout, she said, much has remained the same throughout the years.

"I took baths in this [sink]," Freidinger said.

While Freidinger's cottage offered children's craft activities, others were occupied by vendors, such as Debbie Anderson of Racine, Wis.

Anderson brought Scandinavian merchandise and imports to sell and hoped for a busy day, she said.

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