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Altar-building workshop helps honor loved ones

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By Stephen Montemayor smontemayor@ljworld.com

Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo

LENA MACKIE, 8, OF BALDWIN CITY, sports an ear of corn on her head Saturday at the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City. Lena was one of thousands who filled the streets for attractions including a parade, arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, train rides, live music and a quilt show. The festival continues today.

Before long, Julie Wolf was back at her grandparents’ home, her grandmother cradling a freshly baked cake in the driveway to greet her. Wolf owed the memory to a tradition whose origins trace back to Mexico as she was one of a dozen participants in an El Dia de los Muertos altar-building workshop cohosted by The Lawrence Percolator and Lawrence Public Library on Saturday. “I found it to be a lot more meaningful experience,� Wolf said. “One that brings back good memories.� Saturday’s first of two workshops at The Lawrence Percolator, a community artspace behind the Lawrence Arts Center, served as a lead-in to an annual processional next month that will coincide with the Nov. 1-2 Mexican holiday that honors and remembers departed loved ones, often through elaborate altars.

Sun, fun highlight Maple Leaf Festival “

By Nikki Wentling

nwentling@ljworld.com

Everything was in place for smooth sailing at the 55th annual Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City on Saturday. U.S. Highway 56 reopened just in time, allowing easy travel for the thousands of vehicles streaming into the town. And once people arrived, the sunny, mild weather kept them there until the vendors began to close up shop.

After the parade Saturday morning, people grabbed some lunch at one of the dozens of food vendors, and kids navigated their way to the carnival by City Hall. Many spent most of the day roaming between the 300-odd booths, looking at everything from holiday gifts and dĂŠcor to tie-dye Tshirts and homemade jewelry. While attendees found a taste of fall in the autumninspired treats and rustic

Today has been great for us.�

— Michele Campbell, Maple Leaf Festival vendor and owner of Campbell Gardens arts and crafts, vendors used the opportunity to build their customer base. “Today has been great for us,� said Michele Campbell, owner of Campbell Gardens located near Centerville. “We have a

Please see ALTARS, page 6A

reputation, and people look forward to seeing us.� Campbell sells candied jalapeùos, a recipe that has been in her family for more than 30 years. She and her husband began seriously selling the product after a successful trial run at a craft fair. Though her jalapeùos are now sold in more than 40 stores across Kansas, she continues to travel to fairs and festivals in order Please see MAPLE, page 6A

Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo

AN ALTAR BUILT BY JULIE WOLF, of Lawrence, was one of several constructed at the Lawrence Percolator, 913 Rhode Island St. as part of an altar-building workshop for El Dia de los Muertos.

            

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