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Heritage Farm promotes local artisans in final Way Back Weekend

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- All of the items on sale at Heritage Farm Museum and Village's Holiday Market Saturday were made by local hands and from local hearts, said Joann Chambers, who sold jewelry and other holiday-themed items.

"It's a chance for everyone to come and see what we're all made of," Chambers said. "It's good to let people see what we've got going on here at the farm."

The event also was a chance for Heritage Farm to celebrate another year of Way Back Weekend events, which wrapped up for the winter when the market closed Saturday afternoon.

Everything from pottery, woodworking and copper items to holiday wreaths and honey was available for purchase from the crafters, farmers and artisans who sell and provide demonstrations at the farm all year long, said Audy Perry, who helps run the village that his parents, Mike and Henriella Perry, founded.

"It's our celebration of another good year of Way Back weekends," Perry said. "It's another way to say 'Thank you' to our artisans, who spend all year making the village come to life."

The market may have been the last of its kind to take place inside of the barn at the farm as construction moves forward on a new visitor's center and gift shop facility, which is expected to be open by spring 2014, Perry said.

That space will be about 5,000 square feet, Perry said, and it will include 2,500 square feet for a new gift shop at the village. The gift shop currently is located on the first floor of Heritage Hall, where the village's main office and multi-purpose room are located.

Most of the items on sale at the event are located in that gift shop, which is open during regular operation hours at Heritage Farm, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Perry said Saturay's event, as well as the gift shop, give Tri-State residents the opportunity to shop from local artisans and crafters.

"You're not living in a healthy economy until people are able to earn a living by doing what they're passionate about," Perry said. "Most of our artisans make a living some other way, and they do this as a hobby. Christmas is a good time for people who are looking for unique gifts, and this is a way to support both of those."

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