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Seaway Festival Wine-n-Craft Show/Farmer’s Market set for this weekend

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The Lockwood Civic Center will be a hot spot for the International Seaway Festival this weekend with the return of the annual Wine-n-Craft Show and Farmer’s Market.

Last year’s show attracted more than 1,000 people over the course of the two days with nearly 50 vendors on hand offering their wares and produce.

The two-day event is slated for Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. both days. Along with a wide variety of arts and crafts created by local artisans, this summer marks the second year that visitors to the show will be able to sample and purchase wines produced by northern New York wineries. Locally-grown fruits and vegetables will also be featured.

“We’re always looking for different vendors and for ways to attract more people. The response to having the wineries last year was very positive from both the buyers and the sellers and hopefully, that’s going to be the case again this year,” noted show organizer Michele Morrison.

Since its start, the Seaway Festival Wine-n-Craft Show and Farmer’s Market has been a popular attraction. Each year the number of vendors has increased offering a wider range of items for sale. Among the hand-made crafts available are blankets, jewelry, clothing, wood furniture and ceramics as well as various novelty items.

As of this past Sunday, a total of 46 vendors had signed up for this year’s show which will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. the following day.

According to Morrison, there are still a limited number of spaces available for rent. The cost of securing a 10’ x 10’ space is $40 for the two days. Half spaces are also available at $20 for both days. Tables can be rented for $5 each. A limited number of spaces have access to electrical outlets. Vendors are asked to bring their own chairs. All vendors must have a New York State Tax License ID number and are responsible for collection of sales tax.

Set-up for the show is slated for Friday from 5-7 p.m.

Among the local crafters expected to be on hand are; Mary Beaudoin (pillows, aprons), Steve Brooks (The Country Shed, woodworking), Ruth Campbell (placemats, table runners), Mel Cole (cross-stitching), Linda Cota (rag dolls, sock monkeys), Mary Deloney (The Fun Shop, novelties), Down by the River Crafts (fishing lure jewelry), Donna Garcia (Thirty-One Gifts), Delores Gladding, K. Chad Graham (soaps and skin products), Honey Hill (hand-painted tiles, slate, china, jewelry), Penny Hoadley (afghans, clothespin bags), Chris Lalone (wooden crafts), Andy Maslin, Valerie Mathews (jewlery), Lori Mitchell, Michele Morrison (fleece, crochet, ceramics), Jennifer Pickman (Eye Candy, jewelry), Mary Romeo (aprons, doll clothes), Linda Ross (Fabulous Food by Linda, jewelry), William Russell (lamps, collectibles), Alain St. Pierre (Goof-ballz, mittens, fish art), Beverly Schwardfigure (baby items), Smalltown Crafts (dolls, jewelry, placemats), Tammy Smith (knitted, crocheted items, hand-painted wood), Margaret Tiernan (wall-hangings, placemats, pillows), T-n-T Jewelry, Two Mama Birds (jewelry) and Gail Whitmarsh (stretch dresses).

Wineries offering samples and sales of their wines include; River Myst Winery, Americana Vineyards and Winery and Fudge, Thousand Islands Winery, Tug Hill Vineyards and Otter Creek.

Offering local food products will be Grasse River B Ranch (artisan cheese), Lee Mathews (maple syrup), Steve’s Roadside Stand and C.L. Cook Farms (pork, lamb, poultry, vegetables).

Miscellaneous vendors include Diane Burns and Matt Warner (body contouring wraps), Cultivating Healthy Communities, Crystal Krepeal and Elizabeth Peahey (Scentsy) while sketch artist Nicki Ryan will be on hand to draw caricatures.

For shoppers with a more immediate appetite, Christine Hoffman (The Spicy Wench) and Kim Sherman (Kim’s Cheesecake on a Stick) will be selling their unique snack items and Mike Lightfoot will have a concession stand set up in the parking lot.

“We definitely have a lot of variety again this year. Whether people are looking to buy something for themselves or as a gift for someone else, there’s a little something for everyone,” stated Morrison.

“It’s also a great way to get out and enjoy a Seaway Festival event,” she added.

For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Morrison at (315) 393-9274 or online at craftsmm@gmail.com.

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