Christmas in the Village craft fair draws a crowd to Harrowsmith

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Rev. Patsy Schmidt shows two of her CDs she was selling at the annual Christmas in the Village craft fair put on by the Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church Saturday. Schmidt is about to release her 10th CD of gospel music and has penned more than 150 songs. She was also selling her knitted hats, scarves and other items. She said knitting is good for her hands. “The doctor told me to squeeze balls but that’s a waste of time,” she said. Photo/Craig Bakay Rev. Patsy Schmidt shows two of her CDs she was selling at the annual Christmas in the Village craft fair put on by the Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church Saturday. Schmidt is about to release her 10th CD of gospel music and has penned more than 150 songs. She was also selling her knitted hats, scarves and other items. She said knitting is good for her hands. “The doctor told me to squeeze balls but that’s a waste of time,” she said. Photo/Craig Bakay

One of the more ambitious Christmas craft/bake sales in Frontenac County happens every year at the Free Methodist Church in Harrowsmith, Christmas in the Village.

And it doesn’t happen just at the last minute.

“We start planning in May — sending out invitations to vendors, cake and bake shop decorating, placing ads online — we have a great group of volunteers,” said one of the organizers B J Calver. “The crunch comes in the end of October.”

Last year, they had 45 vendors and about 450 customers through the doors.

“This year, we have 46 vendors and a waiting list,” Calver said. “We had people inquiring about vendor spaces two days ago but you don’t want it to be overcrowded.”

In addition to the craft and bake tables, there’s a chili cafe and door prizes provided by the vendors every half hour.

“The proceeds all go to community assistance,” she said. “We partner with the South Frontenac Community Care Program, which is funded by the Township, which helps families and individuals in need from things like fires and sickness.

“It also pays for about 25 food hampers. We work with the Salvation Army and Salvation Army to get names.”

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