Photos: 2012 Home-Grown Alternatives Show

December 3, 2012

The Home-Grown Alternatives show took place on Saturday [Dec 1] with some of Bermuda’s best artists and craftspeople displaying their wares at St. Paul’s in Paget.

In 1995 Christine Wellman and Mary Tatem decided to hold a pre-Christmas craft fair, and over the years the event has become an annual tradition, offering people a chance to get a head-start on their Christmas shopping while supporting local artisans.

There was a wide variety of items on sale including jewellry, blown glass ornaments, iPad art, music CDSs, scarves, Bermuda cedar creations, books, hand-decorated mugs, stained glass sun catchers, Christmas ornaments, food, books and much more.

Vendors included Alandra & Akilah Swan, Ann Coakley/Shelly Grace, Bermuda iArt, Bermuda Jam Factory, Beverly Harvey, Burton Jones, Carla Marquardt, Carolyn Telford, Charmaine & Gerry Friday, Dale Butler, Dan & Deanne DeSilva, Daron Lowe, Dockyard Glassworks & Bermuda Rum Cake Company, and Gail Marirea.

Also taking part were Kelli & Roseclair Thompson, Leslie’s Inspirational Ceramics, Llewellyn Harvey, Marguerite & Judy Bardgett, Milton & Rene Hill, OMax Ceramics, Robin Marirea, Rosemont Rags, Seamist Designs, Sharon Wilson & Monica Jones, Shawnette Somner, Shine Hayward, Sweet Tease, Terry Chapman & Gillian Ramsdale and Village Café.

Speaking after the event, Dale Butler said last year there were number of activities on at the same time so numbers at the Homegrown Alternatives event dropped considerably.

“This year the numbers were almost double and everyone indicated they had better sales. Homegrown Alternatives has an outstanding reputation,” said Mr Butler.

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