The first Christmas craft fair of the season returns to Lansdowne

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On October 29, a Christmas Craft Sale was held at Lansdowne at the Jessie Street Community Building. The first vendor sale of the season, funds raised from the event support the Leeds and Thousand Islands Historical Society (LTIHS).

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“People were very excited about the return of the craft fair,” said society member Donna Dempsey. “The $1 admission price lets you browse and shop through a splendid array of crafts and gifts – the show has something for everyone.”

Organized by society members Cheryl Handa and Glennda Olivier with the help of members of the local historical society, the event attracted 45 vendors from across the region. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., customers had the opportunity to purchase unique gifts and decorative items for friends and family.

“Shoppers could purchase anything from insulated drink containers to seasonal decorations, knitting and crocheting, artwork, jewelry, honey and maple syrup, food,” Dempsey said. “Charities sold items to fund child welfare and a variety of indigenous crafts were available.”

A luncheon hosted by Sheila Blodgett, Irene Lappan and friends was also on sale allowing people to sit down and rest while eating and contemplating their next purchase.

“People kept telling us how great it was to have the craft sale back again,” Dempsey said. “After all this time with COVID, people are ready to go out to shop and socialize again.”

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