Prince Edward District Women’s Institute host annual Art & Craft sale
It has taken a while, but the Prince Edward District Women’s Institute (W.I.) was finally able to celebrate the 39th anniversary of its annual Art & Craft sale on July 28.
Cancelled the last two years because of COVID-19 restrictions, organizers were thrilled to be able to finally stage the popular-one-day event at the grounds of the Prince Edward Community Centre.
“In 2020 the County had closed all their facilities and last year we didn’t even attempt to stage it,” said District president and Art & Craft committee chairperson, Wilma de Wolde. “We started planning early this year and we’re all excited to finally be able to get going again. The sale is so important for us – we need the proceeds to allow us to continue supporting our community.”
Proceeds this year will be targeted for a number of local initiatives, including ongoing support of food banks in both Picton and Wellington and the W.I.’s most ambitious project, helping fund specialized transit services in the municipality.
“We don’t need to raise money for the W.I. to exist here, but what we do need to raise funds for are the projects we help support,” de Wolde explained. “The last two years we’ve been able to make a number of donations to both food banks and honour our $5,000 annual commitment to the specialized transit in both 2020 and 2021.”
The sale returns to its normal scheduling slot on the Thursday proceeding the Aug. 1, long weekend. It attracts thousands of consumers each year and usually boasts more than 200 vendors, selling everything from stained glass, paintings, clothing (both children’s and adult fashions), hats, wood products (small to large), outside furniture, wind chimes, pottery, jewellery, handcrafted soap, toys and more.
Numbers are down for registered vendors, but de Wolde said the sale will still boast a strong contingent.
“I think some people are still nervous about COVID and a little hesitant to come out,” she said. “We have a lot registered already and more still signing up and one thing I can tell you is, the quality of the vendors is exceptional. There should be a little more room to move around this year and right now, that’s not a bad thing.”
For more information on the Prince Edward District Women’s Institute and their fundraising initiatives, visit their website at thecountywomensinstitute.ca.
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