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Marble Crazy takes over Bonner this weekend

February 29, 2012

It’s time again for the world of marbles to take over Bonner Springs.

Moon Marble Co. will have its 12th annual Marble Crazy Friday and Saturday this weekend, and owner Bruce Breslow speculates that the unseasonably warm temperatures thus far this winter can only help the event’s success.

“I think our weather will be good, and we have a lot of new artists coming, so it should be pretty good,” he said.

Actually in its 13th year, because Breslow decided to name the second celebration of marble-making the “first annual” Marble Crazy, this year the business will welcome about 22 marble artists, with four demonstration areas. Demonstrations will include two lampworking benches, a furnace-working area, and the return of the marble machines: John McCormick’s 1905 reproduction machine and his machine that produces marbles one inch or larger in diameter.

Breslow said the event could be even bigger — if only it were physically possible.

“We really don’t have room for many more (artists),” Breslow said. “That’s our problem – we probably could have more. If artists let me know they want to come, I say ‘Sure, come,’ and I don’t really go and seek out people.”

Last year, a kiln wasn’t properly closed at the end of the first day, which meant the glass was too cool to be worked, putting a stop to the furnace working demonstrations for the first half of the day. This year, Moon Marble has a new kiln to show off and has taken steps to prevent last year’s mistake, Breslow said.

Breslow said that if technology cooperates, for those who can’t make it, a live demonstration will be aired on the Marble Crazy website, marblecrazy.com.

Moon Marble will be closed Friday until noon, when it will open for Marble Crazy until 9 p.m. The event starts up again at 10 a.m. Saturday, running until 5 p.m.

Marble Crazy once again continues outside of Bonner on Sunday this year with the 9th annual “Marble Crazy at the Inn” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 8787 Reeder Road, Lenexa. Presented by the Kansas City Marble Collectors Club, the event includes games and a marble tournament and up to 50 marble vendors.

Admission is free to all Marble Crazy events.

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