Waverly House and Garden Show ushers in spring

First Posted: 4/28/2014

The 22nd Annual House and Garden Show was held at the Waverly Community House Apr. 26 and 27. Over 30 vendors, most selling locally-made products, set up inside and outside the Community House .

The blend of first-time and seasoned participants brought a unique mix of products and services to Waverly this year.

The House and Garden show began 22 years ago as a way to fundraise to keep the Waverly Community House operating. Now, the event accounts for more than 20 percent of the yearly operating budget.

“You don’t see too many community centers anymore,” said Tere DeMelo of Cakes & Scones Bakery.

With the unpredictable weather finally warming up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, many community members were excited to come out to the show and enjoy the warm, spring days.

“[The Show] is a sign of spring,” said Janice Davis of Dalton.

With vendors ranging from bath fitters to bakers and jewelers to gardeners, there was a little bit of everything on hand. Regular attending community member Suzanne Kaufman of Union Dale enjoys seeing the new and different products each year.

“The concrete garden pieces [by Concrete Thinking’s Barbara Jamison] are my favorite,” she said. “They weren’t here last year but have been in the past, so it’s nice to see them back.”

Other crowd favorites include the hanging flower baskets.

New to the vendors tables this year were DeMelo and her son, Nate Trout, with Cakes & Scones Bakery who described the House and Garden Show as “wonderful, organized, and full of lovely people.”

DeMelo hopes to return with her homemade treats next year after being impressed by the friendliness of the shoppers and other vendors whose booths she described as “beautiful.”

Though sunshine gave way to rain midway through the first day of the House and Garden Show, the crowd was strong and shoppers floated from booth to booth.

“The House and Garden Show is always an attraction in this small town,” Davis said. “There are many wonderful ideas; it’s great for gift ideas and decorations.”

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