On Centre | Around Philipsburg: YMCA springs into craft season

You know it’s that time of year again when you first see the signs.

You start to see flowers. There are bright colors and new things popping up everywhere. It seems like the smell of new blossoms hangs in the air at every turn.

What? No, not spring. Have you looked out your window lately? Or checked a thermometer?

In Philipsburg, craft season gets started this weekend. And just like the first robin can set off spring fever or the Macy’s parade kicks Christmas season into high gear, for people who love crafts, things get started at the YMCA of Centre County’s Moshannon Valley branch annual Spring Craft Fair.

The craftapalooza takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Y.

Those beautiful flowers might be silky blossoms tucked in a seasonal wreath. The bright colors could be the bands of a stunning handmade quilt. Those new things over there? Just a sparkle of the perfect earrings for your warm-weather wardrobe.

And that heavenly scent? Yeah, that’s my favorite part. I have a candle problem. I should join a 12-step program or something, but really, I am OK with feeding this particular addiction. My fall haul is usually banana bread and apple pie aromas, but in the spring, it’s the flowers I can’t wait to find. I hunt down lilacs, lilies of the valley, peonies and roses, roses, roses.

Besides, if I want banana bread, I can probably pick up a loaf or two at the bake sale table. Mmmm, bake sale.