Blacksmith Stan Newcomer was on hand for demonstrations at the Wrightsville Heritage Day on Saturday. He said the warm weather wasn’t a problem;
Blacksmith Stan Newcomer was on hand for demonstrations at the Wrightsville Heritage Day on Saturday. He said the warm weather wasn't a problem; it'll get hotter later in the summer, he noted. (YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS--JASON PLOTKIN)

It was just starting to heat up Saturday morning before 10 a.m. at the 37th Annual Wrightsville Heritage Day, and forecasts were calling for temperatures into the 80s.

But the heat wasn't bothering Stanley Newcomer of Mt. Joy, who manned his coal forge and demonstrated how he hammers pieces of iron into shapes.

"It'll be hotter in July and August," Newcomer said.

Newcomer has been a blacksmith for more than 20 years.

"I tell the kids I can make anything out of a piece of iron you can make out of a piece of clay," Newcomer said. "I just can't touch it with my hands."

Stan's Blacksmith Shop was one of about 56 crafting vendors at Heritage Day, according to organizer Sharon Young. It's the craft vendors that seem to attract people, Young said.

"I live here in Wrightsville, so we come every year," said Heather White, 37, who said she goes to see the crafts and enjoys its location by the river. "And some of it supports local artists and crafters."

Elaine and Steve Kennick, of Red Lion, just launched their own candle line, WarmGlowScents by E&S, in mid-April. After selling candles from other companies at craft shows, it just made sense for them to start making their own.

"Honestly, it's more enjoyable to do our own. It's more rewarding," said Elaine. He's the scientist, and she's the artist, according to the couple.

"If you have a problem with the color, you can go to her. If you have a problem with the scent, you come to me," Steve said. The Kennicks' kitchen has become a lab for their new line.

"When you walk in, you have the scents all over the place," Elaine said. Heritage Day is the event closest to home that they have attended. They tend to travel to Lancaster and Harrisburg because there are few craft fairs in York County.

"We always think it's a good thing for the community to get together," said Kenneth Stoner, president of Historic Wrightsville.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the organization, usually raising a couple thousand dollars, Stoner said. The organization runs the Wrightsville Historic Museum and the Civil War Diorama and sponsors events throughout the year.

They displayed their most recent acquisition in front of John Wright's Store and Restaurant. It is a Columbian farm wagon from the late 1800s that was made at the Columbia Wagon Factory across the river. It was donated to the organization three years ago. Historic Wrightsville had it completely restored.

Heritage Day also included a car show, food vendors and pony rides for children.