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

Colin Dabkowski