Ten Thousand Villages to celebrate anniversaries

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:12

It’s a double celebration.
Ten Thousand Villages celebrates 65 years of fair trade and the Lethbridge store celebrates 35 years this week.
Trailblazing fair trade pioneer Ten Thousand Villages will celebrate its landmark 65th year of crafting change around the world through the sale of unique handicrafts. To add to it, the Lethbridge store will be celebrating its 35th year here in southern Alberta.
 When Edna Ruth Byler first brought Puerto Rican needlework to North America in 1946, the term “fair trade” did not exist. Her volunteer project to provide market access for artisans spearheaded the Fair Trade movement in North America and eventually evolved into what has become Ten Thousand Villages.
To celebrate these significant milestones, there will be daily refreshments and specials Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with a couple of significant events planned for Thursday and Saturday.
On Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., the store will host a special gala evening with dignitaries, reminiscing, memorabilia, food and fellowship. People are asked to RSVP.
On Oct. 1 during store hours, Ten Thousand Villages stores and Festival Sales across Canada will celebrate with displays, videos, gift basket draws, refreshments and live music. ArtWalk artisan Carolla Christie will onsite demonstrating her woodworking skills. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell stories of our own artisans, answer questions and to serve Ten Thousand Villages limited-edition Celebration Blend coffee.

 

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