Crafters' Paradise 

The Memphis weather has gone from wretched to nearly perfect with the flip of a calendar page, so that must mean it's October. And if it's October, it must mean it's time to partake in the Pink Palace Crafts Fair. Celebrating its 35th year, the fair has become a mainstay in Memphis across generations.

The fair runs Thursday through Sunday, October 4th through 7th, at Audubon Park. This year's lineup is impressive. Among other things, there'll be demonstrations of weaving, rug hooking, chair caning, glass blowing, tatting (it's not making tattoos, I looked it up), spinning, blacksmithing, and broom making, so put that in your gristmill.

For the tots, there'll be a petting zoo, children's train, sand art and pinch pots for the making, and fossil cleaning. For the kids at heart, the Memphis Society of Model Railroaders will be on track, and for the kids in profile, Oliver Belote will be on hand making silhouettes. Plus, you know, crafts by the ton will be for sale.

FYI: The traditional 35th-anniversary gift is coral (pink, natch) and the modern gift is jade. Now you know just what to buy at the fair.

Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park, Thursday-Saturday, October 4th-6th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, October 7th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission at the gate is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children under 12. Two-day passes are $12. Go to

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