By Alex Kruse
On November 27, fans of local artisanal goods can once again indulge at the fifth incarnation of The Craft Revival. Between 10 am and 5 pm, a huge variety of handmade creations will be available for purchase in a fun atmosphere filled with music, dance, acro yoga, and silk flying performances. This year’s event boasts an impressive 80 artisans, encompassing a wide spectrum: painters, drawers, potters, woodworkers, clothing designers, jewellers, authors, as well as makers of preserves and body products.
The selection has also significantly expanded and, as such, The Craft Revival will simultaneously take place at four venues: The Foundry (where The Craft Revival originated), The Sovereign Room, Red Lion Smokehouse, and Madhouse. Event organizer Maelyn Hurley notes that “the relationship and support among business owners in our growing Waterfront District is so positive and we all have a similar vision of supporting the community and being a part of unique, fun events… getting all four venues on board was very easy.”
The Craft Revival arose from a commitment to shop local and provide those who produce goods locally an occasion to engage and sell their fare. Not only do the artisans appreciate this opportunity, but so to do community members. “The feedback that I have received from the community has been so positive. Some have said they look forward to this event each year and love the opportunity to shop local,” says Hurley, “The talent in our community is unbelievable. Without the artisans, musicians, and supportive community this event would not be what it is.”
If the handmade goods and art uniquely available at each location isn’t enough to convince you to visit all four, an additional incentive has been built into the event. With your admission, you will receive a ticket and, once all four are collected, you will be entered into a draw for a grand prize: a two-night stay at the beautiful and tranquil Beyond the Giant Nature Retreat.
The Craft Revival will take place on November 27 from 10 am to 5 pm at The Foundry, The Sovereign Room, Red Lion Smokehouse, and The Madhouse. Admission is by donation and all the proceeds will go towards supporting the musicians and performers at The Craft Revival. For more information, be sure to check out The Craft Revival event on Facebook.