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CFUW to host annual Artisan Bazaar
Saturday, November 2 at 10 a.m. marks the opening of the 29th annual Artisan Bazaar hosted by the Cranbrook club of the Confederation of University Women. (CFUW).
“We are rather excited although at this point, there is still a lot of work to do,” said Cathryn Henley, bazaar chair. “It is exciting for me. I have a list of what I need to buy for family and friends.”
Each year is different, with this one offering homemade bath salts and Epsom salt bombs along with natural soaps, a new-to-us- artist with paintings, homemade baking, mustards, cards, porcelain ornaments, Arts Council calendars, and something the club is excited about is its table where you can buy Cafe Femenino Coffee again this year. This coffee is not only organic, bird and tree friendly fair trade coffee, but is also produced by women in Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador as well as in Africa.
The club has been able to bring back many artisans that sell jewelry of all kinds, as well as new faces to the bazaar that create fine work from funky items to silver and gold with semi-precious stones and without, beaded and woven. Area artisans that are returning to the CFUW Bazaar sell pottery, knitting, crocheted works, wool creations, sewing items from baby clothes to purses, paintings, photography, home sweet home type treats, honey, chocolate, soaps, authentic Doukhobor borscht, handmade paper crafts, stained glass works, raku and much more.
Doors open promptly at 10 a.m. A $2 entrance fee not only to shop, but to win one of the 23 raffle prizes the artisans have generously donated to the raffle table. Be sure to stop by and look at the items–you might bring one home!
Proceeds from these artisans go to the many programs the CFUW Cranbrook club has been involved with in the past 31 years as well as our new projects which include actions stopping violence against women and girls, child development programs, poverty initiatives and prevention of child sexual abuse. We are most grateful for the support of the local artisans for choosing our bazaar to showcase their creations and certainly encourage all Cranbrook and area residents to come out and support these local crafters.
“It is a circle type gift from the community and back again,” explained Henley. “The crafters support our club, we in turn support the women in our community and they support the artisans who can then afford to support us next year.”
Mark Saturday, November 2 at the Cranbrook Golf Course on your for a fun shopping experience and a chance to win a unique craft from your local artists.