This week­end in Bres­lau: Two of a Kind Ven­dor Show

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - VERON­ICA REINER

SUP­PORT LO­CAL ARTISTS AND con­trib­ute to a char­i­ta­ble cause in the fourth an­nual Two of a Kind Ven­dor Show, a fundraiser for the Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis So­ci­ety’s Grand River chap­ter set for Satur­day in Bres­lau.

The event will fea­ture unique ar­ti­san crafts, in­clud­ing Christ­mas wreaths, jewelry made from nat­u­ral gem­stones, bath prod­ucts, framed quotes, and knit­ting. Ad­mis­sion sales and 10 per cent of the sales will go to­wards the lo­cal MS So­ci­ety.

There will be more than 100 ven­dors at­tend­ing this year, the most this group has ever hosted, says fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor Kim Kay-Thomas, not­ing about half are new­com­ers.

There will be some dis­tinc­tive ven­dors this time around, she added.

“We have a woman who is a wheat weaver, which is ac­tu­ally re­ally unique,” said Kay-Thomas. “We have a few that are very spe­cific – one does Ukrainian painted eggs. She ac­tu­ally is paint­ing them while peo­ple are walk­ing by, they’re beau­ti­ful. They’re called Ukrainian Eggs by An­gela. We have one guy that makes items for your gar­den out of stones, such as an­i­mals.”

Se­lected ven­dors are cho­sen by a com­mit­tee whose mem­bers try to keep artists at ap­prox­i­mately 10 per cat­e­gory to keep things var­ied. In par­tic­u­lar, knit­ting sees a con­sid­er­able amount of ap­pli­cants over other cat­e­gories. Ven­dors pay $35 for a ta­ble.

Thou­sands of peo­ple at­tend, and that amount has in­creased each year.

“It helps to be in Vic­to­ria Street be­tween Kitch­ener and Guelph be­cause there’s quite a bit of traf­fic,” said Kay-Thomas. “We also have food trucks that are out front of the green­house lo­ca­tion that helps get at­ten­tion.”

The show raises some $10,000 on av­er­age. KayThomas says that amount has gone up by a cou­ple of grand each time and is ex­pect­ing a good turnout in 2018.

Canada has the high­est rate of MS in the world. The MS So­ci­ety, Grand River chap­ter of­fers a va­ri­ety of sup­port­ive pro­grams for peo­ple liv­ing with MS, in­clud­ing sup­port groups and ed­u­ca­tional work­shops. Each year, the so­ci­ety do­nates $140 mil­lion to re­search in hopes of find­ing a cure for MS.

The Two of a Kind Ven­dor Show will take place Novem­ber 3 at the Bel­gian Nurs­ery at 2615 Vic­to­ria St. N. in Bres­lau. It goes on from 10 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $3 per per­son, $5 per fam­ily, and free for chil­dren.

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