New craft market to benefit students

WILLSBORO - A special fundraiser held at Willsboro Central School this weekend will help a new garden club there blossom.

The Adirondack Artisans, Crafters, and Farmers Guild is participating in a craft fair at the school Nov. 14, the inaugural event for the newly formed organization.

Linda Therrian, an organizer for the event, said the guild formed because many crafters, like herself, have been frustrated trying to sell at craft fairs that tend to feature more and more mass-produced or retail items.

"It's not acceptable to us," said Therrian. "We work hard at what we do. People who come and shop at these craft fairs are getting ripped off. We want to be able to guarantee that whoever is standing there at that table has made what's on that table."

Therrian, who also manages the seasonal farmers' market in Willsboro, said this craft fair will also be unique because it will allow producers of local food to participate.

"When the farmers' markets end in the fall, most craft markets don't allow anything from farmers' markets to be sold there," she said. "We felt it wasn't fair that they've allowed us for over 20 years to be a part of their markets, and yet we've excluded them."

More than 30 vendors have signed up for the fair, pledging to bring wooden bowls, pottery, furniture, art and photography prints, jewelry, and more. Farmers will be offering vegetables, pork, chicken, jams, maple syrup, and baked goods.

Therrian approached Willsboro school superintendent Steve Broadwell in August to request use of the school as a craft market. Broadwell suggested running it as a school project to benefit the "Bloomin' Veggies," a school garden club recently established by teacher Charmaine Flynn.

"I've always wanted to do it," said Flynn. "It just so happens the school was recipient to it."

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