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The Roycroft Campus in East Aurora will be bustling with activity in the coming weeks, as a the historic venue prepares to host a pair of visiting book artists and to launch a two-day Arts and Crafts Conference.

On Saturday and Sunday, California book artists Peter and Donna Thomas will drop by the campus in their specialized "Gypsy Wagon" bookmobile, a traveling home and book-making studio they've been carting around the country for the past three years. They'll conduct two workshops – one on how to make accordion books on Saturday and another on the techniques behind scrolling books on Sunday. The workshops cost $120 each or $215 for both.

And next weekend, the campus will host its Arts and Crafts Conference, a four-day event that will bring together craft fans, experts and collectors. The conference gets started Thursday at 4 p.m. with a screening of the WNED-produced documentary "An American Original: Elbert Hubbard." The rest of the weekend features a series of presentations, lectures and discussions, tours and a locally-sourced Saturday night dinner. For more information on the Gypsy Wagon workshops or the conference, call 655-0261 or visit www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com.

– Colin Dabkowski