Show and sale set for Saturday at First Baptist
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Don Miller is at it again. The Amherst pastor has once again put his creative talents to the task, investing his time in more feathered real estate. Miller will show off The Village on Saturday at Amherst First Baptist Church beginning at 12:30 p.m. The sale runs from 1 to 3 p.m.
AMHERST – It takes a village to raise a birdhouse.
Don Miller has taken his creativity to a new level creating a fictitious village of birdhouses from scraps of wood he has collected throughout the community.
“The concept came from me thinking about what I wanted to do each morning between 5 and 8 o’clock. I decided to go for a walk in a village,” said Miller, who is holding a show and sale of his creations on Saturday at Amherst First Baptist Church. “Each morning I would have my breakfast, turn on the radio and then go down into the basement and begin creating. I never knew what I was going to do or where in the village I was going to go.”
Miller will be showing off his creations beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the sale running from 1 to 3 p.m.
This is the fourth time Miller has put his talents into making “feathered real estate” as he likes to call it. Several years ago, he created the Corkers and Critters and last year he took on the challenge of building 100 birdhouses in 100 days – a challenge he met in the final hour of the final day.
None of his houses are alike and there is everything from several churches, to homes, to pool halls, to restaurants, to hotels. There’s something that everyone can imagine should be in a village.
“I sort of giggle my way through it each morning and then I come upstairs and go to work,” Miller said. “Last time I had a number I had to reach and I was going to reach it even if it killed me. This time, there was no number and whatever I came up with was what I would have. As it turned out, I had a hundred this time as well. This one was more of adventure of what this place is all about and what do they do here?”
Miller said each of his creations has a story behind it and while his fictitious village is not based on Amherst or any other community, he said those who have seen his creations compare them to various homes or other buildings they’ve seen.
As his birdhouses began taking shape, Miller went to social media to begin giving hints to his Facebook followers of what he has been up to.
“My next challenge will be setting them all up at the church so people can walk through it the way I experienced it when I was making the houses,” he said. “As far as I know there are going to be nine separate communities. There will be distinguished parts of town and rather seedy parts of town. I think we will all have fun walking through them.”