“Santa” visits the Midcoast every August and again during Fiber College of Maine in September. Santa — aka Steve Schruers — will be artist-in-residence Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 2 through 8, at Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground, Route 1, as part of the seasonal Camp & Create program.

Schruers never intended to be Santa Claus, he just happens to have all the features carefully described in Clement Moore’s legendary poem. He has created Santa Coins to give to children with enough courage to approach Santa, and he also created coins for Mrs. Claus and the elves. Schruers has practiced a tradition of giving since he was a child and continues to make wishes come true for individuals and charities.

Schruers describes his life as a hodgepodge of experiences, farmer, cowboy, canoe guide and nuclear engineer. During his week as artist in residence, he will be teaching macrame, cartooning and chainmail. The most popular type of macrame today is the survival bracelet — they are quick to make and students have so much fun, they end up making bracelets, anklets, dog collars and leashes. Schruers will have a knot sampler project and resource books available.

The Camp & Create, Artist in Residence Program is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine. For more information, visit campocean.com or call 548-6059.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.