Fair Trade Festival at Fairmount Church

A diverse array of sustainable goods at the Fairmount Fair Trade Festival.

Fairmount Presbyterian Church will host its third annual Fair Trade Festival on Friday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, or $20 for a family. Admission includes a multicultural dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

The festival features traditional handmade clothing, jewelry, toys, holiday ornaments, olive oil and other articles unique to Central and South America, Africa, Asia and India. A Shepherd's Shop will be available for children only, where they can purchase gifts for parents and family members and keep them a surprise.  

"Unlike many mass-production operations in foreign countries, festivals like ours provide craftspeople an opportunity to receive fair wages for their labor," explained Pastor Louise Westfall. "Local specialty shops working with fair trade organizations have selected and imported a variety of merchandise for this event. With the holidays just around the corner, the festival offers a shopper the chance to find something truly distinctive and help improve living standards in the developing world," she said.

Fairmount Presbyterian Church is located at 2757 Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. The church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and opens its doors to all. Services are held on Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Evening prayer with Taizè music is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit  www.fairmountchurch.org/fairtrade.asp or call 216-321-5800.

Betty Hess is a 20-year member of Fairmount Presbyterian Church and chair of the festival. Contact her at 216-295-2335.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.19.2010