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Festival to Raise Funds for Haiti

WEST HARTFORD — Tis the season for giving.

And this season, the folks who organize the annual Holiday Craft Festival and Marketplace will raise funds to help  benefit Medical Aid to Haiti.

The festival and marketplace, now in its sixth year, will open Nov. 16 from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and  Nov. 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Church of St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford.The event is open to the public; parking and admission are free.

This unique marketplace presents fifty fine artisans of handcrafted goods including pottery, metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, paper art, folk art, photography, painting, wreaths, dried flowers, soaps, and candles. Fiber arts (new, vintage, and “up-cycled”) include hand knits, weaving, felted wool, alpaca, quilting, tie-dye.

Clothing, tote bags, hand bags, scarves and accessories of all kinds. Local farm and gourmet food purveyors offer jams, jellies, hot- sauce, honey, cookies, candy, nuts and more.  Performances by acoustic guitarists and local youth musicians enliven each day.  Extras include live alpacas, professional chair-massage, Café, bake sale, and a teacup auction of handcrafted goods donated by each artisan.

Proceeds fund the mobile medical clinic of Medical Aid to Haiti, serving the health needs of Haitians in hard-to-reach areas of Port au Prince.  MATH’s mission is “Helping Haitians heal Haitians by providing needed resources for the care and treatment of their poor.”

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