A Crafty Weekend in Almonte

Forget four weddings and a funeral — this weekend you can enjoy four craft shows and an art crawl in Almonte!

poppa-jimmy-with-quilt“For me it launches the Christmas season in Mississippi Mills,” says Emily Arbour, organizer of Handmade Harvest, held in the Almonte Old Town Hall (Saturday 9am–4pm, Sunday 10am–3pm). She and her partner/husband Brad Weir have brought together more than 50 vendors each day, and Sunday has an entirely different mix than Saturday. “We swap them overnight!” says Emily. Some of the show’s vendors are now represented at Hello Yellow, Emily’s store on  Mill Street (where you’ll find loads of other awesome and eclectic Almonte businesses).

Just down Bridge Street from the Town Hall you’ll come to the Almonte Community Centre, where you’ll find two more great craft sales — both in the same building! Upstairs, the 26th Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show features a juried selection of over twenty-five artisans, crafters and bakers offering a wide variety of items for those special people on your shopping list. The Friends of the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum will also be on hand to provide tasty homemade light meals and snacks. Downstairs in the community centre, you’ll find the Christmas Craft and Vendor Show — a fundraiser for the ever-popular Light Up the Night show (which takes place every December on Mill Street).

And still on Bridge Street, conveniently located about half-way between the Town Hall and the Community Centre, you’ll find the Almonte Potters Guild‘s Christmas Pottery Sale, which runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Between these four events and all the other shops and cafés in town, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list, as well as some wonderful (and delicious) treats for yourself. Make a day of it!birdhouse_clr_2_1_grande

And about that art crawl — from 7-9pm on the evening of Friday, November 7 you can view an exhibition of 80 Mississippi Mills landscape paintings by Blair T. Paul, entitled “Around Almonte in 80 Paintings”. Blair was born in Almonte and, over the course of his illustrious international career, has earned a fine reputation as a painter of stunning landscapes. Blair is donating 45% of the proceeds from the sale of his paintings to the building of a statue to honour one of the town’s world-famous native sons, Dr. R. Tait McKenzie, one of Canada’s most renowned artists, physicians and educators. The paintings will be on display throughout November, but on the 7th you can view them at Palms Coffee Shop and the Heirloom Café Bistro, and meet the artist as well! For further information, or to make a donation, contact Blair Paul.

With that kind of artsy action going on, you’ll probably need to make a weekend of it! For more details about Almonte shops, restaurants, accommodations and events, visit I Found It In Almonte!

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