BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN

FORKSVILLE - On Saturday, the first day of the annual Flaming Foliage Festival in Forksville, area craftsmen gave demonstrations of how to of spin yarn, make pottery, knit clothing, and even showed how to do some lesser-known crafts from years past, such as constructing picture frames by weaving together small bundles of pine needles.

A man dressed in frontier-style clothes gave a demonstration at the festival of how muzzle-loader rifles are used and also discussed their history.

And at the festival, 47 juried craftsmen were selling handmade crafts they'd made, seven vendors were selling food, and there was live music and more, said Lorraine Lewis, president of the Craftsmen of the Endless Mountains, which runs the festival.

The two-day festival, which is held at the Sullivan County fairgrounds, has free admission and free parking, she said.

"We try to provide an enjoyable and interesting atmosphere for the whole family," Lewis said.

The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

At the festival, Lura Trossello of New Era was knitting "fingerless" gloves, which are a kind of sleeve that fits over the upper part of the lower arm, she said.

"They've become so popular because they keep your hands really warm, but keep your fingers free to do whatever," she said.

For example, if people are in a working in a cold office, they can use fingerless gloves to type, she said.

She was also selling other items she had made, such as scarves and shawls, and says she uses yarn that she spins from wool sheared from sheep raised near Wyalusing.

Lisa Reiser, a professional potter and pottery instructor from Nordmont, was giving demonstrations on how to use a pottery wheel.

"It's very, very relaxing," she said, as she molded a lump of clay into a cylinder on the wheel. She said the cylinder could be turned into bowl, vase, or other object. "I'm just working with dirt. Clay is dirt. If I make a mistake, I don't get upset, because all it is is dirt. If I don't like what I made, I can squeeze it and can make it into something I do like."

Among the pottery items she has sold are funeral urns, including pet urns, she said. She said she has even had requests for bio-degradable urns, which are clay urns that have not been glazed. They will break down over a period of time, she said.

A local country singer from Sonestown, Aaron Kelly, performed at the festival on Saturday. The Sweet Aroma Band from New York State will be performing at the festival today.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or e-mail; jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.