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Olde Sanborn Days to host Aya Blaine for chainsaw art

SANBORN – A buzz surrounds the Olde Sanborn Days Arts and Crafts Show, planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday and it’s more than the usual sound of excitement.

The 26th annual event on the Sanborn Fire Hall grounds, Route 429 at Route 31, will again feature chainsaw sculptor Aya Blaine. The Japanese master carver is a member of the Chainsaw Chix, an international team of female performance carvers affiliated with Masters of the Chainsaw.

“She’s little (in stature) but mighty and strong,” said Eva Nicklas, creative director of the Lewiston Council on the Arts, which partners with the Rotary Club of Niagara County Central to sponsor Blaine’s appearance.

Blaine starts with three-foot-long logs, using a chainsaw to create works of art to sell throughout the festival.

“She’s a master,” concurred Patrick Sullivan, who chairs the two-day event for the sponsoring Rotary Club. “And she will also donate a piece she creates that weekend to us and the LCA to be used somewhere in the Town of Lewiston.”

Sullivan said the Sanborn Fire Company will offer a chowder sale starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, with a welcoming ceremony slated for noon, which will honor police officers from throughout the county.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Lockport Community Band will entertain festival-goers, Sullivan added.

He said more than 60 vendors are expected, offering everything from jewelry to jams and preserves.

In addition, the festival will feature: a petting zoo; pony rides; an animal rescue organization; offerings from the Sanborn Historical Society; and continuous live entertainment.

Next Sunday, the festival boasts a car cruise from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Hank Nevins providing the tunes. The Sanborn Fire Company Band takes the stage at 1 p.m.

In addition, Dale Campbell provides entertainment and an open mic throughout the weekend.

“Hopefully, the weather will be good – it has been for the past 25 years,” said Sullivan, who has been chairing it since its inception. “This is one of our major fundraisers.”

Proceeds from the festival help supply college scholarships for students at Wilson, Niagara Wheatfield and Starpoint high schools, and have provided donations to Empower, Carolyn’s House and D.A.R.E., Sullivan said. He added that his club also purchases a dictionary for every third-grader in the aforementioned three schools, aiming to promote literacy.