Craft Ladies earned their parking spot

 Holiday Shop - October 4-6th!

September 19, 2018
LifePath is an organization that provides homes and programs to individuals with cognitive disabilities. Started in 1974 by a group of families who wanted better services for their children, LifePath grew to what it is today, over 100 homes and program sites and four adult day programs.

One of the day programs is a 19,502 square foot building located at 2 Life Mark Drive in Sellersville. This building is an Adult Day Program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which, over the past few years has expanded services and added employees. So much so that parking is a high commodity.

On any given workday, for example, one can see cars jockeyed into places -- under trees, in the grass, across the street, on the side, in the back. People have even begun car-pooling in an effort to alleviate morning-time parking lot stress.

Wednesday mornings are the worst. You see, on Wednesday mornings, there are five coveted spots specially and lovingly reserved for a group of very special ladies. A group of ladies whose median age is 82, and who call themselves, “The Craft Ladies.”

The Craft Ladies are a group of women who have been crafting housewares and holiday items for LifePath for over 32 years. And every Wednesday since 1986 between 9:30am and 12:30pm, the Craft Ladies arrive at LifePath, park in their special spots and gather together to sew, cut, hot glue, crochet, hammer and even use electric saws and create wares to sell at their one annual event where 100% of the proceeds go to LifePath.

 “Wednesdays are our days, our social time,” said Loraine O’Neil, 92, the master woodworker and machinist of the group. “Nothing comes between our time here each week,” she said.

This year the ladies will be introducing some new items such as hat snowmen, towel ghosts and pinecone Christmas trees. But despite these new items, they anticipate high sales on their all-time favorite - crocheted kitchen towels.

"We have over 100 of them this year," they said, all nodding their heads.

Created with love for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and Valentine’s day, these towels are hot sellers and go fast – so customers are urged to arrive early.  

The ladies will be selling their wares at their “Ridge Crest Holiday Shop” on October 4th and 5th (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and October 6th (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) at Highland Park located at Highland Park Road and Old Route 309 (next to AT&T Chevrolet) in Sellersville, Pa.

The craft ladies won’t have their own special parking spots reserved for them at the sale at Highland Park – but rather, they will be parking in the back to make room for their customers. They hope to see you there.

Annette Kaiser, 2018