WAYLAND — For three years Simply Autumn’s has opened her doors to a craft festival for the community.


Some of the vendors were from out of town, but others were from the area. On Oct. 28 the community enjoyed the festival after the annual Wayland Rotary Club Halloween Parade.


Emily Bowers of Emily B. Designs has handcrafted jewelry available; as well as crochet hats and scarfs.


“I have come to this festival every year,” she said. “This was my first festival to show off my work. I sold a lot of hats and scarfs that first year.”


Bowers said it is important to do something that you love, and to not be afraid to get out there.  


Stacie Bortle of Tveten Art Studio said this was her first year coming to the festival.


“We love to take a drive down here and it is a wonderful place to eat,” the Rochester-native said. “I have been painting since I was a kid. I recently started selling my work out of my home.”


Bortle added that she loves to paint leafless trees.


“I feel like trees are like humans. They make you feel rounded,” she said. “They are always branching out, and there is always room to grow.”


There were inspirational and motivational paintings as well that are intended to uplift people’s lives.


“I know a local business owner who loves to buy my paintings, and she puts them around the office,” Bortle said. “I just want to inspire people with something. The more you do the better you will feel.”


Bortle said she wants people to get out of their comfort zone, and find the greatness within them.


Everett Davison,16, is a Naples Troop 40 Boy Scout who attends Wayland-Cohocton Central. Davison is currently working on his Eagle Badge. For this he is working on two projects. The first being to collect unused instruments, repair them, and donate them to the school. The second is building a Percussion Cart with his troop for the school. On top of that he and his family made Christmas and Halloween decorations out of birch trees.


“It was something i knew would sell,” he said. “We harvest all the birch from our property. It is cost effective and it sells really well. I learned how to use all sorts of tools to make them. All of the money we get from the sale goes towards the projects. We will donate whatever is left of the funds back to the school.”


Davison is the first one in his family to join the Boy Scouts, and he has inspired his two younger brothers to do the same.


In the world of Boy Scouts only four percent make it to Eagle, and only 50 percent make it to life.