WAYLAND — Christmas came a little early to the Wayland community this year.

 

On Dec. 6 Santa Claus came riding in on the Wayland Fire Truck as he greeted the eager children at Wayland American Legion.

 

Wayland Area Historical Society had a nice place for people to gather for arts, crafts, cookies, and gifts.

 

All Western Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year, and in doing so they had special shirts, bags, and totes made.

 

Goose Run Maple Farm owner Jim Clark said they are working on Bourbon Maple Syrup.

 

“The Bourbon Maple Syrup is our biggest seller. It goes great with ice cream and makes a good ham glaze,” he said. “We are more into the gift market. We have a lady make our pancake and cocoa mixes. We are selling sugarhouse coloring books, which go into a lot of detail about maple syrup making.”

 

Clark added that some places in the country have community maple syrup making, and how it would be a big benefit around this area.

 

Wayland Rotary Club Member Renea Coley said that there were several volunteers and organizations that took part in Christmas in Wayland this year.

 

“We had it at two main locations,” she said. “The Wayland Historical Society opened up for our vendors. The Wayland American Legion has opened up for new vendors this year. I think it is a beautiful event for the community.”

 

Ken Sanford of Hornell was a new vendor this time, and he brought his wooden crafts.

 

“It all started when I got a reindeer at Lowes, and I thought I could make them myself. I have done four shows now,” he said. “I did really well at the Cohocton Fall Festival. I sold most of my reindeers and pigs at that event. I try to be very fair with the prices.”

 

Sanford added that lots of people like making a pig or reindeer family by buying adults and children sized.

 

“I get a lot of my ideas from Pinterest. That has basically changed my life,” he said. “I just started making snowmen as well. I want to change it up every year. I get my rough wood from the Amish. I cut down some old trees to use for the wooden animals.”

 

Sanford said he would like to try making owls next. 

 

Megan Ellis, Sanford’s friend, is the one who got them both started in the shows.

 

“I make towels using the Cricut Machine. It’s a computer program that helps make designs,” she said. “I use these details with some bulk fabric I get at the store. I started making these, because Ken said I needed a craft to join him at the shows.”

 

Ellis added that a lot of her popular designs are humorous and sell out quick.

 

“These are all homemade gifts, and people really like getting them for Christmas,” she said. “They can use them for wedding gifts, baby showers, birthdays and other parties.”

 

Mike McCauley, Wayland American Legion historian, gave Genesee Country Express a tour of the upstairs. This is where the theater and balcony used to be. It also had the first legion hall and offices. There is a lot of history within the walls of the Legion that tends to be lost in the past.