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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-06-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 11 Craftopia 11th annual juried show features handmade, local goods PAWTUCKET – For those looking to get a head start on their holiday shopping, the 11th annual Craftopia will feature 65 artists and crafters sell- ing handmade wares this weekend in Pawtucket. The event, hosted by Rhody Craft, takes place at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The juried craft show features local and affordable art and goods, says organizer Kim Clark, owner of Rhody Craft. What sets Craftopia apart from other craft shows? "It's fun (and) festive," Clark said. "It's juried but also affordable. We look for fun, colorful, affordable art by the people for the people." "Sometimes when you hear juried shows, that means it's very high end," she added. "We're very careful about By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer the quality we're admitting but look for affordable (products)." When asked about the price range of items, Clark said they're anywhere from $1 to $100. For returning visitors, she said not much is new in terms of the setup, as they "pretty much stick to what works," but there will be a lot of new ven- dors this year. Vendors are from New England, many from Rhode Island. "We try to keep it fresh," she said. "It's a mix of repeat and new vendors." Vendors are selling goods ranging from jewelry and clothing to prints, handbags, bath and body, baby and pet accessories, fine art, and more. From Pawtucket, vendors include Aura's Chocolate Bar; artist Holly Wach, who creates watercolor paintings of birds; and Periodically Inspired, run by Courtney Church, which features T-shirts, magnets, coffee mugs, pint glasses and more featuring phrases written with elements from the peri- odic table. Cumberland's C'est La Bee will be there selling their skin care products. Coffee will be available inside for purchase, and two food trucks will be parked outside: Rocket Fine Street Food and Ming's Asian Street Food. Clark started Rhody Craft as a pop- up shop at Hope Artiste Village 10 years ago before opening her brick- and-mortar store at 769 Hope St. in Providence. The gallery and gift shop sells a curated, eclectic collection of art, craft, and all things Rhode Island, Clark said. "We still do (Craftopia) where we started out," she said, with vendors set up in the beautiful, brick-lined hallway at Hope Artiste Village. Her favorite part of Craftopia is look- ing through the applications from ven- dors and being excited by work she's never seen before, as well as the day of the show, she said. "It's just a really fun day," she said. Admission is $1 for adults, free for children. Every 50th entrant will receive Craftopia bucks in varying denominations which can be spent at any vendor booth. For more information, email info@ A display of pottery by Pawtucket's NEW MOON CERAMICS set up at a past Craftopia event. This year's juried art and craft show takes place at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Spirit Central Falls Commemorates Veterans Day at Veterans Memorial Park with Operation Stand Down RI And their project Boots on the Ground for Heroes Ceremony 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 416 Hunt Street Sunday, November 10th Boots will be display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch to follow ceremony provided by Council President Maria Rivera Join Mayor James A. Diossa & Councilman and Veteran Robert Ferri in welcoming the Boots on the Ground For Heroes display honoring those 29 Rhode Islanders who have lost their lives in action since 9/11. is event will be featuring the 88th Army Band Brass Quintet, Central Falls Honor Guard, and the keynote speaker Lieutenant General Reginald A. Centracchio, Adjutant General of RI, Emeritus.

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