The ever popular Rotary Arts & Crafts Christmas Show will return this weekend, Nov. 9-10, for its 15th year, promising early holiday shoppers more vendors than ever before.
The event is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Stratford.
Organizing committee chair, Kevin Silver, says the show truly offers something for everyone, including holiday crafts, snacks, winter wear and hand-made clothing, year-round collectables, jewelry, bath and beauty goods, items for your pet, wood products, and works from local and area artists.
Silver notes this year the group expects approximately 110 vendors – about one-third of which are either new to the event or did not participate last year. Rotarians will attend other similar shows throughout the year looking for new vendors, he adds.
“We’re always looking for a broad mix of products. We want a variety of things for different age groups and that will bring more people into the show.”
Organizers have good reason to want to raise as much money as possible on event ticket sales – proceeds go towards Rotary-supported initiatives in the community including the hospital and respite house. After the Dragon Boat Festival, the Arts & Crafts show is the Rotary Club’s second largest fundraiser each year, attracting around 4,000 visitors and generating about $25,000.
Silver estimates the event has more than doubled since its beginnings 15 years ago, adding the club looks forward every year to bringing new vendors to the city from across the region and growing the variety of goods available.
Tickets are $5 or $4 for anyone with a coupon, which is available in the Stratford Gazette coupon book that was distributed in last week’s paper, or from the Rotary Club’s website, www.rotarystratford.com.
The show runs on the Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.