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December 2, 2010: Hintonburg’s Annual Artisan Craft Fair Is A Success!

Hintonburg’s Annual Artisan Craft Fair Is A Success!
By Valerie Stam, HCA Communications Committee.

For those who anticipate Hintonburg’s yearly craft fair, this year’s event certainly exceeded expectations. The annual Artisan Craft Fair and Silent Auction was held on November 27 from 10 to 6 pm in the Hintonburg Community Centre’s gymnasium.
Walking into the gym, a steady stream of shoppers was greeted by the smell of homemade chili and an array of home baked goodies whipped up by local volunteers from the Hintonburg Community Association. Held as a yearly fundraiser for the community association, the chili and bake sale created a homey atmosphere conducive to striking up a conversation with artisans and fellow shoppers. Supportive local businesses and vendors donated gift cards and merchandise to the silent auction and the lucky winner of the raffle won books by two Hintonburg authors – Craig Poile and Andrew Horrall. The HCA uses these funds to further community programs and arts events in Hintonburg,
Tables displayed beautiful stained glass, funky jewelry, unique clothing, handmade soaps, to-die-for chocolate, holiday cards, and striking photography, among other things. The number of vendors doubled from last year, with a total of 43 artisans showcasing their locally made wares. The variety and diversity of crafts also increased from last year, reported craft fair organizers.
A number of local social service agencies also participated. Causeway Work Centre and the Salvation Army each had a table for their fundraising efforts and Operation Come Home’s social enterprise Beadworks sold stylish necklaces made by youth who come to their centre. “This is a way of supporting community needs at the same time as local artists and vendors,” explained Paulette Dozois of the HCA’s Arts Committee.
The annual craft fair capitalizes on Hintonburg’s reputation as an arts district. Many shoppers were pleasantly surprised to run into neighbours, friends and colleagues from all over the city who were there to check out what Hintonburg had to offer. HCA volunteers were up late on Friday night brewing chili for 200 people, and a crew of volunteers was on hand to serve chili and sweets, staff and organize the event, and set up and take down. Thanks to their hard work, artisans, craft-lovers and avid Christmas shoppers were not disappointed. This event just seems to get better and better each year. Hintonburg residents and local artisans are already looking forward to 2011. To get involved in next year’s event or to volunteer, be sure to visit www.hintonburg.com.

Woman in foreground displaying crafted necklaces, with 2 golden metallic trees beside her.

The annual Artisan Craft Fair and Silent Auction was held on November 27.

Photo Caption: The annual Artisan Craft Fair and Silent Auction was held on November 27 from 10 to 6 pm in the Hintonburg Community Centre’s gymnasium and offered local residents the opportunity to see wide variety of gifts ideas, art and local services. Please see story on page 17. Photo by Natalie Hanson.

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