An ELEVATOR MINUTE In The Region

~ a personal view on this region’s assets by Dominique Vrolyk ~

I encourage you, dear reader, to seek the current version of the summertime Farmers’ Markets, the Christmas craft sales that we enjoy in our region, and throughout our country. In the City of Leduc, such a successful event ran for nineteen years in Early November, and in the past several years took place at Christ The King High School (CTK) on Rollyview Road. A Board ran this large, dynamic Christmas Sale with admirable energy, until it ran out of steam. As the story goes, board member Ann Neilsen, already a busy lady with her home care duties, delightful crafts and family, stepped to the plate and decided to do what it takes to keep it going.  Now renamed the LEDUC CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA, it promises to be just that: with more than 50 vendors, the Extravaganza will offer artsy home décor, knitted crafts, personal wear, candles, soaps, jewelry, baking, ceramics... most items being hand-made!  So mark the date:  Saturday November 3rd at Christ The King, from Noon to 8pm, will be a good place to start your Christmas shopping – and a great way to support local artisans-: FREE admission with a donation to the Food Bank, cash or non-perishable food items gratefully accepted!
 While this event is now a “tradition” in the City of Leduc, another Christmas Craft Sale will take place once again at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC), within the much-anticipated Festival Of Trees, November 16-17.   On a November Saturday, the City of Wetaskiwin will showcase its own (and regional) artisans in a Christmas Sale that this writer could not find easily on the City’s website (www.wetaskiwin.ca). Thanks for supporting your local crafters who generously share their talents and vision!

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