Well, I AM 50 and live in a small town (pop. 1000), and it's not any different for me than it is for you, strangely enough. I am sure there are people here who do crafts too, but I really don't know them...but I do know they are more the 'ducks in bonnets' types of crafts.
A long time ago, I used to meet with a group of much older quilters, and that was pretty cool, but most of them died or moved away. The group disbanded. And that wasn't really the type of craft philosophy you mean, but they were a pretty loose, open-to-other-ideas group, as far as quilting went.
I only had a couple of friends who crafted and their things were more traditional, for the most part. And now they are either moved away or too busy or just not really interested in crafting any more.
My DH and kids aren't really into my craft stuff, but I do have one sister and a grown niece and nephew who think I am really cool.
I have sent them paper dolls of myself with paper copies of my actual clothes, and odd accessories... and they love my sock monkey stuff and my online Barbie scenes and stories. And laugh (with me, more that at me - LOL) at my shoe tree in the front yard.
Yesterday my grandson (10) and I were in line at Walmart, behind this lady that I sort of knew. She is a big-time gardener and asked me what I was doing with my plants etc. this summer. I told her that my gardening this year consisted mostly of the non-living variety... that I had collected all kinds of shoes, spray painted them in bright pastels and hung them with fishing line from the tree in front of our house. She was kind of puzzled, and didn't 'get' it, but everyone within ear shot was shocked when my grandson said, loudly, "Yeah and remember you painted all those dead cockroaches too?!" All eyes were on me then! *blush*
(Weird) Wanda in South Texas