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The altars neednâ€™t always bear the likeness of a late human companion. Others, like one made by the workshopâ€™s instructor, Liza MacKinnon, created altars honoring pets that have since passed on. Percolator board member KT Walsh remembered one altar mourning evolution in light of the stateâ€™s debate over teaching it in schools. Most of the alters made, however, stuck with the Mexican tradition of honoring departRichard Gwin/Journal-World Photos ed loved ones with their photos and trinkets that THOUSANDS OF VISITORS ATTEND the The 55th Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival on Saturday. represented talents and Attendees were treated to sunshine, food and craft vendors, music and carnival rides on The hobbies. annual event runs through today. BELOW: Lucy Devers, 6, and her brother Gabriel Devers, 4, â€œThereâ€™s been a huge both of Baldwin City, have fun on one of the carnival rides Saturday at the Maple Leaf Festival shift in attitude toward in downtown Baldwin City. death because of a real spiritual broadening in our culture,â€? Walsh said of the holidayâ€™s growing popularity in North CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A America. â€œEveryone has a view of death. The American one has been based on to get the word out. fear, which is not healthy.â€? â€œWe tend to build up Most of Wolfâ€™s ala very good relationship tar came together at a with our customers,â€? said Wednesday night workSean Jasperse, who works shop at the Lawrence for Campbell Gardens. Public Library. Reduced â€œOur main seller is word in scale compared with of mouth, and thatâ€™s how some of the massive altars we get into stores.â€? associated with El Dia de As Campbell put togethlos Muertos, Wolfâ€™s altar er samples in the back of honored her grandmoththe booth (a tortilla dipped er, Edna Worden, who in cream cheese topped passed away in the 1970s. with the candied jalapeĂąos), Jasperse stood at the front of the booth, calling people over to try one. â€œHowdy!â€? Jasperse would yell into the crowd. â€œMaâ€™am would you like to try a sample?â€? Most of the time, he was met with skeptical looks. â€œTheyâ€™re surprised,â€? Campbell said. â€œTheyâ€™ve never tasted a sweet jalapeĂąo before.â€? Just a block away, Cindy and Bruce Silvest of six years ago, and the us.â€? Osawatomie were having event now serves as the The Maple Leaf Festisimilar success at their bookend on their sea- val continues today, with booth selling glazed pe- son of fairs, festivals and craft booths opening at 9 cans and homemade jams. shows. a.m. They brought their â€œWe have repeat cusPlease see LJWorld.com booth to the Maple Leaf tomers here,â€? Cindy Sil- for the complete schedule Festival for the first time vest said. â€œThey expect of todayâ€™s events.
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JULIE WOLF, OF LAWRENCE, works on a Dia de los Muertos altar in remembrance of her grandmother Saturday at the Lawrence Percolator, 913 Rhode Island St. â€œIt was spur of the moment,â€? she said. â€œI wasnâ€™t sure I wanted to be this personal.â€? After about six hours of work, Wolfâ€™s creation neared completion: an ornate handheld altar adorned by flowers, candles and miniature sewing and cooking equipment â€” the latter two in remembrance of two of her grandmotherâ€™s most memorable talents. Photos of her grandmother appeared on each side of the altar, one of which saw her presenting her latest baked creation. â€œOnce I got her in here she just kind of decorated herself,â€? Wolf said as she gripped the altar. Altars could be as little as an miniature Altoid tin or as big as an entire
room, MacKinnon said. â€œAnything goes,â€? she said, later adding, â€œI want people to feel successful afterward and for them to create something that matters and they like.â€? MacKinnon displayed an altar of her own, in memory of her Boston terrier, Bonnie. A photo of Bonnie was displayed in the back of the little altar with a Milkbone resting at its entrance. Last year, when Perry began an altar to memorialize a friend of hers who had died, also named Bonnie, the process grew into an opportunity to get to know her friendâ€™s family. â€œItâ€™s a mix of emotions,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s bittersweet, but a lot of people are excited and happy to share their stories.â€?
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Published on Oct 20, 2013