Our Yearly Visit to There Once Was a Barn

Travis Rogers, Jr.

Our Yearly Visit to There Once Was a Barn

2 mins
November 30, 2021

It started with Linda Wyeth writing about the place in Spring of 2014. We have gone there ever since. When Linda wrote her piece on the boutique called There Once Was a Barn, it was during the Spring into the Arts tour. Nicole and I always make it for the after-Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday event.

Pat Plautz sits at the entrance for There Once Was a Barn Holiday Boutique in Willard. (Photo by Travis Rogers, Jr.)

The place is set beautifully in the Willard countryside with Bruce Mound in the distance. The building itself is a renovated expression of American farm life of a bygone era, now used to keep memories and crafts alive. It is usually unadorned by snow and icicles but not this year. There was plenty of snow on the roof and icicles hanging from the eaves.

Inside was warm and welcoming with the grand Patrick Plautz surveying the goings-on. He took his seat at the rear entrance to the warm and welcoming barn. 

Every year, there are new artists and craftspeople showing their goods and, fortunately, our favorites return for the semi-annual event, too.

Larry Pakiz displays and describes his delectable maple goodies. (Photo by Travis Rogers, Jr.)

One of those favorites is Willard’s own Larry and Sue Pakiz who bring their Maple goodies. I always try to pick up Larry’s Maple Mustard. If you know me, you know that Mustard is my favorite condiment. Make that stuff with Maple and you got me hooked like a stoner listening to The Doors.

Plus, Larry is just the kind of guy that you want to hang with. So, there’s that. 

Larry and Sue Pakiz can also be found at Thorp’s Fantasy Bazaar on December 4 at the Thorp High School.

Several metal- and wood-working artists were there, joined by rug and quilt-makers alongside the pottery and ceramic vendors.

The rustic Santa was this year's centerpiece for There Once Was a Barn's diplay. (Photo by Travis Rogers, Jr.)

The centerpiece of the show was a rustic Santa that was more than life-size. It was a beautiful work of art that drew the attention of customers and other vendors alike.

The weather cooperated nicely and the turnout was all that the venue and vendors could have hoped. In other words, it was a splendid day. 

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