Rich­monds ar­ti­san fair

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - Dish­pan Hands Sheila Quinn

in the wood shop cour­ses to cre­ate peg boards for her. They worked to cre­ate a plan, mod­i­fied it, built and in­stalled them.

All of the pro­ceeds – read ALL of the pro­ceeds – went back to the stu­dents at Rich­mond Re­gional High School – to help pay for the sports pro­grams so that more stu­dents could par­tic­i­pate, and to sup­port stu­dents who have other in­ter­ests re­quir­ing fund­ing as well.

“I want to bring com­mu­nity back.” Va­lerie in­sisted. “I don’t even have kids that at­tend school there – they’ve all grad­u­ated! Vol­un­teer­ing makes my soul happy.”

So, what is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a craft fair and this ar­ti­sans event be­ing planned? In part, the ap­pear­ance of the kiosks – black ta­ble cloths at ev­ery stand, ad­e­quate breath­ing room and space be­tween each, plenty of room to nav­i­gate, and Va­lerie’s aware­ness of what cre­ates a more ar­ti­san-friendly en­vi­ron­ment as well – in­clud­ing a food trol­ley that makes its way around the site to en­sure that those sell­ing their wares have an op­por­tu­nity to eat and have re­fresh­ments dur­ing as the day goes by.

Estab­lish­ing rules for the ar­ti­sans on site, and in­sist­ing that they are fol­lowed en­sures a qual­ity event for all at­tend­ing as well. Ap­prox­i­mately 85 kiosks are an­tic­i­pated on site for the up­com­ing 2017 edi­tion, to be held at Rich­mond Re­gional High School again, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30th from 10:00 – 5:00 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1st, from 10:00 – 4:00.

A brunch will also be held, again with all pro­ceeds go­ing to RRHS school ac­tiv­i­ties, tak­ing place on the Sun­day of the event (Oc­to­ber 1st) in RRHS’S cafe­te­ria.

Va­lerie hopes that in time the lo­cal re­tire­ment homes will also come on board, with a vi­sion of buses of res­i­dents at­tend­ing, given how many el­derly folks also love hand-made goods. “Our whole site is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble – the en­trances, gyms and the bath­rooms.”

There will be give-aways over the course of the week­end as well – a cot­tage week­end for two that all who at­tend will be el­i­gi­ble to en­ter their names in a draw­ing for, and four door prizes per day (win­ners must be in at­ten­dance at the time of the draws).

Va­lerie’s love of the arts has been passed on to her three chil­dren, Amanda, Me­gan and Ryan. Her pride shines through as she states that Amanda will in fact be one of the ar­ti­sans on hand for the week­end.

The list of work on site is long, “Pain­ters, an ar­ti­sans who makes beau­ti­ful hats and scarves, another woman who cre­ates hand-made Bar­bie clothes, wood­work­ing, another artist who sol­ders and pounds her own metal for jew­elry, a man who makes hand-turned pens, and Danny Perkins (who gar­nered great praise and at­ten­tion for his im­pres­sive gates cre­ated for this year’s edi­tion of Rich­mond Fair).” There will be food on site as well – honey and maple prod­ucts, pies, cook­ies and spe­cialty fudge among oth­ers!

A great crowd is ex­pected, and Va­lerie is pleased with the re­sponse thus far with en­thu­si­asm and aware­ness that it not only takes a vil­lage to raise a child (as the id­iom goes), but also takes some pas­sion­ate, ded­i­cated folks to build com­mu­nity.

Rich­mond Re­gional High School is lo­cated at 375 Arm­strong, Rich­mond, Que­bec, J0B 2H0. There a few spots left for kiosks. For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Va­lerie Bushey at 819-826-

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Va­lerie’s love of the arts has been passed on to her three chil­dren, Amanda, Me­gan and Ryan. Her pride shines through as she states that Amanda will in fact be one of the ar­ti­sans on hand for the week­end.

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