Holiday market showcases artisans

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A new event, the Handmade Holiday Market, will be held at the Avening Community Centre on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The event brings together an eclectic mix of more than 20 artisans from within a one-hour radius of the event space. Included in the line up are Creemore’s Mad Pots and Ingrid Hunt, Grey County’s Spirit Drums and Timmerwerk, Mulmur’s Kathryn Allyn, and Alliston’s Tribute Leather, to name a few.
Organizer Anna Pigden grew up in the area, and said she always loved attending local craft markets. She will be at the market with her up-cycled creations.
“I believe human beings are innately creative, and have always been amazed at what people are able to create,” said Pigden. “After visiting the Avening Hall for a function last winter, I decided that I wanted to give back to community by showcasing local talent in a local landmark. The artisan line up has built itself out quite organically; I have personal relationships with several of the vendors, and connected with the others through various forms of networking. My goal with the event is to provide a platform for creators to connect with new clients and fellow innovators, and to help promote the shop local and sustainability movements. Strong communities build strong people, and I hope that this event helps propagate that concept.”
Pigden said there are a couple of spaces left. She is actively looking for woodworkers, metal workers, baked goods and handmade skin care to fill those tables. Call 705-890-0558.
The vendor line-up is on Instagram @thehandmadeholida, and on Facebook.
The market runs Saturday, Nove. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hot beverages will be provided by Because All Children Matter, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of children in Kenya. More information about the organization can be found on their website,

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