Long-time fans of Merrickville’s Makers Market and first-time visitors alike will be happy to hear that this popular event is back. They will be holding a spring market in the village on March 25 and 26 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Now in its sixth year, the Market has consistently showcased the talent and hard work of over 60 diverse individuals from fine arts, ceramics, fibre arts and handmade clothing, baking, woodworking, soap making, stained glass, beading and more.The Spring 2023 Market is a members-only event (each exhibitor belongs to the group) that will run indoors over two days at the Merrickville Community Centre, 106 Read Street, next to the Fairgrounds. A different 30 vendors will be featured each day, so make a weekend of it!

The group was the brainchild of Laura Starkey – owner of Laura’s Shop on Colborne Street in Merrickville.  Since 2017, it has held a number of markets in the village at the community centre and the fairgrounds.  Some have been indoor only and some have seen makers and patrons battle the elements in the great outdoors.  Regardless, makers come prepared to welcome everyone, chat about what they do, and send many shoppers home with something beautiful.

“It really is all about community, “ says Margaret Armour, spokesperson for the group. “In the first sense, we have this community of makers. They’re artists, bakers, sewers, technicians, perfectionists and more. They belong to this group, support it and encourage one another.”

In another sense, she added, there is the greater community here in Merrickville-Wolford that offers support and encouragement to help put together the best market possible.  Margaret  is quick to show her gratitude for the sponsorship of local businesses and organizations like Mrs McGarrigle’s Fine Foods, The Flower, Coba Studios, Maple & Rose, and the Merrickville-Wolford Chamber of Commerce.  The makers’ group is entirely volunteer driven and such community enthusiasm is invaluable.

Each member maker is featured on the website with a short introduction of who they are and what they do.  The website can be found at http://www.merrickvillesmakersmarkets.ca

After the spring market on March 25 and 26, the group will hold a fall market on September 9 at Merrickville’s Fairgrounds and another indoor market at the Community Centre on November 4 and 5 – just in time for Christmas!

Admission to the markets is free.


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