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Supporting the Community

"This was my fifth grade classroom." announced a man as he looked around the room that had been transformed into a micro-gallery for the Annual Decatur Holiday Marketplace.  Yes, it's a show that draws people back.  It's a show where people get it and make it a community event.

It starts with the volunteers who are often the parents of kids that attend the school.  They do a lot of the heavy lifting, literally.   They clear the classrooms of furniture and make them ready for the artists then they help the artists bring art, craft, displays, and all our accouterments into the rooms so we can make them look like beautiful art spaces.  Parents do this in other schools all over the country because this is a a fund raiser for their child's school.  They get it.

Ceramic Nesting Batter Bowls by Lori Buff
Nesting Mixing Bowl Set
Then the people come to shop.  They are those same volunteers, they are students and former students, they are people from the neighborhood, they are people from all over.  They buy.  They buy gifts for friends and family, they buy gifts for them selves, they buy things they need and things they want.  They support the artists which supports the school.

These people all understand, on some level, that if they support us, we support the school which supports the children which makes a great community.  I cannot express my thanks enough.  When you shop at an event like this, whether you are buying a piece of pottery, a bar of handcrafted soap, or an artistic photograph, you are helping make your world a little bit better.  THANK YOU!!!

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff

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  1. I wish I could find spring and summer events like this to do, something good to do with those empty classrooms when school is out! Then the weather would to be such an issue....

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    1. That's actually a brilliant idea Tracey

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  2. whoa, I was at your fair's cousin at a school here in Syracuse this past weekend :)

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    1. I hope it was really good for everyone involved.

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  3. What a great way to raise money for the school. I wish they did something like this when my daughter was little. Instead we were asked to sell cheap products with hefty price tags to friends and family. I always dreaded it.

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    1. Oh Michèle, I remember how much I hated selling that stuff when I was in school. Awful.

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  4. School sponsored show can be great with community and support they give. It's a thing of all being in the same boat together.

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    1. You're right Suzy. I love seeing the community get together at this show and the one I do at Paidea School.

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