Be­yond 21 Spring Mar­ket sup­port­ing dreams

Seaway News - - News - SHAWNA O’NEILL, SPE­CIAL TO TC ME­DIA

WIL­LIAMSTOWN, On­tario - In con­junc­tion with the House Tour, the Spring Mar­ket for Be­yond 21 has been held for the past five years. This year ven­dors and sup­port­ers gath­ered at the Wil­liamstown Fair­grounds on Sun­day, June 17.

“The ven­dors love be­ing here,” said Jane Mclaren, Pro­gram Man­ager with Be­yond 21. “It’s just a lovely lovely lo­ca­tion. Vi­cious Va­ri­eties is here with the Car Show. This our first year do­ing a Car Show as an add on for Father’s Day, and it’s been re­ally won­der­ful to work with them.”

Mclaren is glad that peo­ple came to­gether to give their hearts and time for Be­yond 21. She be­lieves that the ven­dors and home­own­ers who part­nered with the or­ga­ni­za­tion are dream chasers just like the Be­yond 21 par­tic­i­pants, all shar­ing a com­mon goal. Be­yond 21 par­tic­i­pants created art­work that was on sale at the Mar­ket, and af­ter be­ing open for only three hours, al­most all of the creations were sold out.

“It’s just a re­ally awe­some thing,” said Mclaren. “They’re not just here sup­port­ing their busi­ness, they’re here in­vest­ing into the life of some­body else and be­liev­ing in the po­ten­tial of some­one to be in our com­mu­nity. And that’s not some­thing ev­ery­body does, so to me they’re very very in­cred­i­ble peo­ple.”

Jane Macmil­lan started paint­ing in 2005 af­ter vis­it­ing Nu­navut, where she was in­spired by Inuit art­work and the land­scapes. Now she owns Jane Macmil­lan Orig­i­nals and teaches dance classes with Be­yond 21. Macmil­lan con­ducts warm ups and spa­tial ex­er­cises, and has taught par­tic­i­pants folk dances of Is­rael, Ro­ma­nia and Rus­sia.

“Be­yond 21, I re­ally like it very much,” said Macmil­lan. “I do a dance class with them once a week. It’s nat­u­ral to want to sup­port it so that’s why I came to­day.”

Jane Macmil­lian Orig­i­nals dis­play at the Be­yond 21 Mar­ket in Wil­liamstown. (Shawna O’neill, TC Me­dia).

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