Third time’s the charm

Jamie Heap
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Amherst Artisans Market’s third seasonal event, second annual downtown street party, deemed successes.

Amherst acrylic painter and art instructor Sadie Jane displays some
of her artwork on Saturday at the the third Amherst Artisans' Market. Her
classes are booked up to December. 

AMHERST- Whether it’s turkey or something else, you can’t have too much of good thing. At least that’s what the organizers of the Amherst Artisans Market are finding out with respects to their third market held this past Saturday in Amherst.

“We’ve held one in the spring, one in the summer, so we thought we’d have one in the fall,” stated event co-organizer Matt Cormier. “We’re really pleased with the support. The feedback has been great. There certainly was a demand for another market,” claimed Cormier. “We’ll definitely be having another market for sure.”

Over thirty-five local vendors brought the downtown core of Amherst to life with their wares that ranged from corn husk pillows to acrylic paintings and art classes.

“Sales have been fabulous,” stated Cumberland Perfect Sleep Company owner Bridget Ebanks. “They always are at the Amherst Artisans Market, and, we’ll never miss one.” Husband Gary Ebanks also was on hand to market their corn husk pillows. “It’s nice for people to be to purchase the pillows they see on Facebook here in Amherst without having to travel to Joggins,” stated Bridget Ebanks.

Another vendor on hand to promote her wares and art classes was Sadie Jane. “My art classes are booked up to December,” stated Jane. “I’ve been into acrylic paintings/abstract expressionism since 2004,” she added. “I’ve had showings at the Art of Eating Deli, Amber Lee’s Beautiful Me Spa and Wellness Centre (Parrsboro) and one at Bella’s Café. I’d like to get to do one at the train station.”

Other vendors included Amy Comeau, who was selling European key chains, hemp jewelry and handmade cards as well as Lydia Wood (Lyrics and Lace) who is no stranger to the Amherst Artisans and other markets. “I’ve sold my designs at the Blueberry Festival and the other two artisans markets,” said Wood. “As Christmas approaches, I will be branching out to do more craft sales in Truro.”

The L.A. Animal Shelter also sold pumpkins, available at the Amherst Vet Clinic.

As for the Downtown Amherst Street Party, it was bigger and better than last year. “There was a great turnout,” stated McCully Market’s Phil LeBlanc. “The kids’ zone was a big success. The Downtown Amherst street party was unbelievable.”

Organizations: Amherst Artisans Market, Cumberland Perfect Sleep Company, Eating Deli Wellness Centre Amherst Vet Clinic Downtown Amherst Street Party

Geographic location: AMHERST, Joggins, Truro

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