Fall Crafters Roadshow returns Oct. 22 in support of Morningstar Mission

Adam Prudhomme

Over 60 local vendors will be setting up shop across 18 locations in Greater Napanee and Stone Mills on Oct. 22 as part of the fourth annual Fall Crafters’ Roadshow.

The outdoor event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is held in support of the Morningstar Mission, with proceeds from vendor fees going to the mission. Crafters will display their creations in the front yards of homes spread throughout the area.

Monetary donation bins can be found at each location while a non-perishable food donation bin will be located at 175 Denridge Road in Selby. Baked goods will be sold in support of Morningstar at 1232 County Road 9 in Napanee as well as at 909 County Road 12 in Roblin.

Organizer Lynda Carney says the event started as a traditional one-stop indoor craft show in 2019 but then had to be re-imagined due to the pandemic. Ultimately the new format of spreading out across Napanee and Stone Mills proved to be preferable to the previous set-up and has continued on ever since.

A map of all the participating locations can be found at the event’s Facebook page titled 4th Annual Fall Crafters’ Road Show. Hard copy maps can also be found at 25 businesses located throughout town.

“There’s no hesitation from our vendors to participate in the event and they know that the fees paid to be a vendor in the show are part of the contribution that goes back to Morningstar coupled with some of the opportunities to give to Morningstar by the shoppers through the course of the day,” said Carney.

Not only is there a quantity of vendors, but there’s also quality and diversity.

“There’s an interest from a wide range of artisans and crafters and makers and creators,” Carney said. “We have authors and artists and folks who make barn quilts and incredible upcycled pieces of art from anything to cutlery to old doors and windows and reclaimed barn board. We’ve got folks who make from newer materials, some crocheters and sewers and quilters, painters, it’s an incredible array of talents.”

The money raised for the Mission will come at a much-needed time as they prepare for the challenges of the winter season, a time when demand for their services always increases.

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