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Thursday November 14th, 2013

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The Made in Windsor holiday sale is back for its eighth year, and once again is part of the annual Walkerville Holiday Walk. The show will once again be held at the Walkerville Brewery.

Organizer Christine Rideout-Arkell says that last year’s show at the Brewery was such a success that it holding it there again was the obvious choice. “As early as March of this year I had artists calling me up wondering if we were going to do another show at the Brewery during the Holiday Walk. Even if I wanted to say no I don’t think they would have let me!”

In addition to an array of fine artisans, Saturday’s show will also feature a “Community Corner” on the second floor mezzanine. This space will be opened up to various non-profit community groups. Rideout-Arkell explains, “We’ve invited the public library to come make library cards and demonstrate e-readers. LeeLeeHats will be there knitting hats for babies in the hospital. The Humane Society will be selling greeting cards. We’re hoping the upper level Community Corner is as busy and exciting as the main floor shopping area!” MIW is also partnering up once again with Rotary Club of Windsor-Walkerville to assist with their food and clothing drive. Rideout-Arkell explains, “The people of Windsor and Essex County have strongly supported Made in Windsor over the past eight years and we want to help give back to the community in whatever way we can.”

This year MIW is also hosting a contest featuring their longtime mascots, Dot & Dash, on a photographic adventure around the city. Details for this guess-the-location contest can be found on their website here. The contest has been creating some fun buzz around the event!

For the first time this year, MIW will be also screening footage of various local vendors at work in their studios throughout the day. Not only will shoppers be able to meet the artisans at their booths. In some cases they’ll get an interesting peak into their creative spaces and processes.

The Made in Windsor show will span the evening of Friday from 5pm to 10pm and into the afternoon of Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Rideout-Arkell hopes people will visit the sale for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and then pop over to the other Walkerville business. “Even before MIW was a part of it, the Walkerville Holiday Walk About was one of my favorite local events of the year”

Each of the two days will feature an entirely different lineup of 25 vendors so people are urged to check the website ahead of time if they’re looking for someone or something specific. With items such as ceramics, jewelry, soap, purses, clothing, accessories, woodwork, papercraft, sculpture, leatherwork, candles, home décor and much more, the weekend is sure to have something for everyone! With local beer on tap, local musicians on the mic, and locally-made goods for sale, this is a wonderful example of the best Windsor has to offer. All are welcome to this family-friendly event!

The Walkerville Brewery is located at the corner of Wyandotte and Argyle in Walkerville.

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