WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Saturday’s abundant sunshine and summerlike temperatures had many folks thinking about indoor and outdoor improvement projects.
So, what better place to visit than the 17th Annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show?
Event organizer Megan Walker, of Show Technology Productions, said some people visited to get ideas, buy materials and complete projects on their own.
Others not so bold or skilled opted to take advantage of participating vendors who would not only provide the ideas, but the legwork as well.
In either scenario, attendees seemed to be appreciating the chance to put down their snow shovels and focus on cleaning, gardening and decorating.
“One of the things that has been the most popular this year is our expansive Master Gardening section, as well as our plant sale,” said Walker. “Both seem to be helping people welcome the spring season and warmer weather.”
Monica Wilson, Mayfield, won tickets to the show at the Mohegan Sun Arena from a local radio station. She brought her three children, ages 11, 10 and 3, out for some family time.
Mayfield, who is expecting a baby in June, was enjoying home-decorating ideas, especially a multitude of scents offered by Pink Zebra, which offered a fragrant wax-like material that can be used to make a home smell like your grandmother’s kitchen, your grandfather’s pipe or Thanksgiving dinner.
Still, she acknowledged her mind kept going back to homemade fudge available several booths away.
“It looks really good,” she said. “First, I’m going to see what they have here and then, I’m definitely getting chocolate fudge.”
Mike Galanti, of the Chocolate Moonshine Company that was offering the fudge, said his product was indeed well-received.
“Carmel sea salt is especially popular,” he said, as he gave out samples to customers trying to decide between milk and dark chocolate, or between savory and sweet varieties.
Galanti said it was his first year as a vendor at the event and he called the venue “unique.”
“People keep walking by,” he said. “It’s a good flow.”
Katie Wisnosky was offering Lularoe clothing products, with profits going toward Breaking Ground Poets, a volunteer-run organization geared toward “building a generation of readers, writers and thinkers.”
The clothing was bright, filled with flowers and bold colors — a perfect backdrop for looking forward to spring blooms, said Wisnosky.
The show continues Sunday at the arena. The Times Leader Media Group is a sponsor.