Amherst Lionesses hold 15th annual Fall Fair

Jamie Heap
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Supporting the Amherst Food Assistance Network one non-perishable item at a time

Charlotte Ross (left) of the Amherst Food Assistance Network Association stopped by the Amherst Lions Club on Saturday to pick up several larges boxes of non-perishable food items that people donated in order to gain entry to the 15th annual Lioness Fall Fair. Lionesses, from left, are Margie Sears, Shirley LeBlance, Gwen Briand and Marg MacDonald.

AMHERST-Hundreds of people enjoyed buying and selling a variety of crafts while supporting a good cause this past Saturday at the Amherst Lions Club.

Admission to the 15th annual Lioness Fair was gained through a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation to the Amherst Food Assistance Network, an organization that seeks year-round donations to support the more than three hundred and forty Amherst and area families that it serves from 62 Victoria St E.

Over thirty vendors packed the Amherst Lions Clubs with their wares on Saturday. One of these vendors was Gail Cline from Shinimicas who was selling such homemade items as beeswax candles that, according to Cline, are popular at weddings. “I buy the wax from some Mennonites in Tatamagouche in big blocks that I melt down,” stated Cline. “I also buy my honey from these same people.”

Cline used the honey that she buys to make bottled creamed honey. In addition, Cline also sold chocolate frosted yellow cake and local scenery seasonal cards.

Another vendor was Cheryl Veinotte-Mackey (Vintage by Veinotte) who sold such wares as vintage jewelry and other accessories that have been given to her by members of her family. One of the most unique pieces was an unused vanity set from Germany that her grandfather brought back from World War II. Vintage by Veinotte will be available at the November 16 craft sale at Tantramar Regional High School in Sackville, New Brunswick and at the November 30 Christmas Craft Fair at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill.

Other vendors included Jessica Carroll of Amherst, who was selling some homemade fondant cookies with matching cards, as well as Darrell Doncaster of Sackville, NB (Marshlane Farms) who specializes in summer savoury products.

As for the Amherst Lioness Club, it had a variety of items up for bid at their silent auction table. One of these items was a handcrafted Country Christmas sign.

At the conclusion of the event, Charlotte Ross from the Amherst Food Assistance Network stopped by the Amherst Lions Club to pick up several boxes of non-perishable food items that ranged from canned goods to Kraft Dinner and cereal.

The Amherst Lioness Club will also be making a monetary donation to the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

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