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Giving Back: Craftsmen’s Classic

The Craftsmen’s Classic Show at the Berglund Center is the second largest food drive all year for Feeding America Southwest Virginia. The event will take place October 13-15, and offers free admission with a food donation. In years past, the event has brought in thousands of pounds of food for the area. Food banks like Feeding America Southwest Virginia are essential to our community. According to www.faswva.org, “The USDA estimates that 42.2 Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children.”

Without that knowledge, it is difficult to imagine that so many of your neighbors could be going hungry. This makes holding donations for admission to events like the Craftsmen’s Classic Show an integral part of helping meet the nutritional needs of families in Southwest Virginia.

In addition to helping out local families, this is a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping and support artisans at a time of year when every penny counts for small businesses. Nine Craftsmen’s Classics are held annually and throughout the year in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Gilmore Enterprises, Inc. takes producing each event seriously. Every show contains a careful balance of traditional and contemporary works. Ultimately, hundreds of artists and craftsmen from over 20 states are featured. They are juried and selected for originality and creative excellence.

Because these qualities are so important, there is something for everyone at this event. Enjoy new exhibitors and familiar favorites as you browse pottery, fine art, glass, jewelry, baskets, weaving, clothing, furniture, sculpture, photography, wood, and more! The event will also include specialty foods. All items are made by the participating artists and craftsmen. You won’t find any of these items in the “big box” retail stores. Many exhibitors even welcome requests for custom work, allowing them to explore their creativity to create a personalized gift for you or your loved one. Between collectibles, home accessories, and personal treasures for all ages, you have an opportunity to find something for everyone on your list!

Visit www.craftshow.com for more information on this event! We look forward to seeing you there!

Sydney Hale Company

Candles are a staple in almost every household. It is easy to go the grocery store and purchase a big name brand, but once the pleasant smell has dissipated (most often, very quickly), you are restocking on your next trip, and your investment no longer seems worthy of its price.
If you haven’t already, it is time to consider investing in candles that support local businesses, are made with soy, and last longer than the cheap candles to which you are accustomed.
Sydney_Hale_Co._Soy_Candle_Bergamot_Black_Tea_largeSydney Hale Company’s candles are handmade in small batches right here in Virginia. Their premium soy wax blend, double cotton wick, and 50 hour burn time makes them stand out among any competition. Traditionally crafted and tastefully fragrant, they will quickly become a household staple.
Purchasing just one candle from Sydney Hale Company helps support the Purcellville, Virginia business, which is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, Meghan and Chris Cook. They have two employees and three shop dogs. Their more than 26 signature fragrance products are available in over 150 boutique retail locations across the USA and Canada.
Everything is handmade in a small 700 square foot studio lending to a truly ‘small batch’ operation. And, if you needed any additional reasons to try their products, 10% of their profits are donated to dog rescue— a cause very important to them.
Not only can you purchase their products on their website, but you can also see snap shots of dogs they have sponsored every month for The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. Visit www.sydneyhaleco.com for more information on this local company doing great things for our area.

Homesweet Homegrown

Homesweet Homegrown, a successful hot sauce company based out of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, began in part of an incident following a book tour.

Screen_Shot_2014-07-18_at_12.08.06_AM_largeRobyn Jasko and husband Paul David traded in their urban lifestyle to become farmers who, little did they know, would create a product that would change the look of store bought hot sauce.

This tear-jerking hot sauce was dubbed Homesweet Homegrown in part of Robyn’s first book’s title that was published in 2012, and also it was the product of her successful blog, Grow Indie. Robyn and friend, Jennifer Biggs, Amtrak-ed their way across the country on a book tour and gave little thought to the habaneros, ghost peppers, and lemon drop chili peppers that they left behind; and so, when they made their way back to PA they were in for a little surprise, which resulted in pounds of peppers. That’s where their journey as Homesweet Homegrown began.

ghost_pepper_kit_largeAll of their peppers are organically grown on their farm. They are big on the idea of healthy, so they throw in superfood ingredients like chia seeds, and leave out additives, colors, and GMOSs pesticides and preservatives (which many of the competitors contain!).

 

3_pack_grande_a9b463c6-2335-473e-a85a-be84501a4012_largeIn part of their “beyond organic” methods, they have hit the shelves in over 140+ stores and are sold in every Whole Foods location in the surrounding areas of NY, NJ, CT, and Philly. They have three signature flavors that are unique to their company: Punch Drunk Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (the hottest!), Aramingo Mango Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce, and Orange Crush Habanero Pepper Hot Sauce. They are sold separately in 5 Oz bottles that run about $6 a pop, and also you can buy them in a variety of gift sets. If you want a little more of what Homesweet Homegrown has to offer then you can look into their Grow Kits and their Salts + Spices.

Take the challenge and see how far you can go in a taste test of Homesweet Homegrown Hot Sauce!

 

Written by Lani Maddox