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Wednesday November 19th, 2014

Posted at 3:00pm

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The Made in Windsor Holiday Craft Show is back this Friday and Saturday.

The festive two-day event will be held at the Walkerville Brewery and will feature one-of-kind handmade goods.

This year, Made in Windsor will be working with two non-profit partners. Throughout the event they will be holding a yarn drive for LeeLee Hats, a local group that knits hats for babies in area hospitals. Donations of all types of yarn will be gratefully accepted, say organizers.

On Saturday, the Windsor/Essex Humane Society will be accepting donations and also selling leashes, pet bandannas and ornaments to support their programs.

Local singer-songwriter Crissi Cochrane will be performing Friday from 7pm – 9pm.

“Generation Oz”, a graphic design show organized by local group Design Intervention, will also be taking place at the Brewery this weekend.

The literary arts will be represented with Windsor publisher Walkerville Press selling its books on Friday evening.

Popular local press, Biblioasis, also has a roster of authors coming in to sign books throughout the day on Saturday.

If you haven’t been to a Made in Windsor event yet, organizer Christine Rideout-Arkell urges you to come to this one since it will likely be the last, at least for the foreseeable future.

“When I started Made in Windsor nine years ago, I didn’t have a career, a husband, or a daughter…now I have all three! Even with all the generous help I’m given, organizing these events takes a tremendous amount of work. I just don’t have the time or energy that I used to.”

Rideout-Arkell decided to throw one last huge event to show her thanks to all the makers and shoppers who have supported MIW over the years. “I never imagined that this little craft show I organized nearly a decade ago would turn into such a functioning, supportive community of its own. Even though Made in Windsor may go on hiatus for a while, I know the relationships that it has helped build between artists and also between artists and shoppers will continue. That makes me so happy.”

The Made in Windsor show will span the evening of Friday, November 21st from 5pm to 10pm and into the afternoon of Saturday, November 22nd from 11am to 6pm. The event is free.

Some vendors are appearing for one day only so shoppers 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, books, ornaments, candles, home d├ęcor and much more, the weekend is sure to have something for everyone.

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