Show and tell

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Richard and Donna Brandt show their homemade wine.
Richard and Donna Brandt show their homemade wine.

Masonic Village at Elizabethtown in Elizabethtown, PA, has held a show-and-tell event annually for nine years, since a resident first proposed it. Residents can share their talents and creativity, learn about others' passions and maybe even pick up a new hobby.

Displays over the years have included needlework, shell or paper crafts, painting, photography, stenciling, rubber-stamping, pottery, ceramics, woodworking/carving, knitting,  textiles such as clothing and baby blankets and more. Collections shown have included miniatures, trains, decorated eggs, Hummels and other figurines, rocks, sports memorabilia, fishing gear and more.

“Show and tell is one of the most popular events we hold,” said Bianca Hemsch, recreation coordinator. “It is more than residents displaying their collections and crafts. It is an opportunity for them to share memories and part of themselves that others may not normally see. It opens up dialogue and can lead to new friendships, and it highlights how unique we all are.”

Top: The show-and-tell event at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

Bottom: Sylvia Mitchell of the Masonic Village Piece Makers Quilt Group.

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