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Fair Trade Festival upcoming

Bethany Beach Wave, DE

Those looking to shop — and help the world’s less fortunate — should stop by the Distant Neighbors Fair Trade Festival, slated to be held Nov. 21 and 22 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

At the annual event, shoppers have the opportunity to purchase Fair Trade articles such as jewelry, clothing, household items, holiday decorations, books, toys, coffees and more.

Fair Trade is the direct purchase of goods from people in developing nations. It is an opportunity for low-income artisans and farmers to receive a fair price for their labor. While the vendors will not be on-hand, proceeds from the sale will benefit their communities.

Organizer Russ Henk said last year’s festival was a great success, with about 350 people in attendance. Overall, the church sold $7,500 worth of goods, he said.

“The church does not keep any of the money,” he said. “It gives the artisans a chance to gain a fair value for their goods.”

In addition to the crafts and handmade items for sale, there will be ethnic foods available for purchase and free entertainment.

“You are not only providing a gift,” Henk said. “All monies we establish in the two days will go to the Episcopal Relief Fund,” a church mission that aims to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015.

Vicki Reinsfelder of Seaford said she decorated her Christmas tree last year with items she purchased at the festival.

“I found it to be one of the most interesting (events) I have attended,” Reinsfelder said, noting that the brightly-colored items were very different from what you might find in a store. “It is also a symbol of reaching out.”

For more information, call the church at 302-856-2894  or visit www.stpaulsgeorgetown.org. The church is located at the intersection of Pine and Academy streets in Georgetown

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