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Austin Cultural Committee: Shop Locally at the Austin Craft Show

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November 9, 2010

Shopping locally makes every sense. It's good for the economy; it's good for the environment; and it helps support hard-working, creative people in our immediate community (as opposed to anonymous workers churning out second-rate junk on assembly lines in far-off countries).

And what better incentive to shop locally than the knowledge that we are supporting craftspeople who live and work (and in many cases employ other people) in the Eastern Townships. Fortunately there are many ways that Eastern Townshippers can shop locally. One way is to visit the upcoming annual Christmas craft exhibition taking place in Austin.

larger_austin.jpgThe sale, which is characterized by its diversity, will take place at the town hall at 21 Millington Street in Austin (not far from St. Benoit-du-Lac) on the weekend of November 20-21. Organized by the non-profit Austin Cultural Committee, it will be open on Saturday (10 to 5) and Sunday (10 to 4).

Available at this event will be everything from hand-made chocolates to Japanese pottery. There will be bird carvings; beautiful yet functional objects crafted by a master blacksmith; whimsical works of art created from found treasures; stylish fashion accessories; locally produced soaps; woven items; quilts; and much more.

Rounding out the two-day event will be four drawings of gift certificates of $25 each. These may be used to purchase items at the sale. Light meals will be available on the premises.

For more information, call Pauline Labelle at (450) 297-0085.