& FURIES presents
THE 23rd ANNUAL
WOMEN'S WINTER FAIRE
will be the 23rd ANNUAL WOMEN'S WINTER
FAIRE!! That's right, for 22 years we've been bringing
you the finest in women crafted, unique gift ideas. From handmade,
stylish garments, to gorgeous jewelery to locally produced, gourmet
foods, the Faire offers something appealing for a variety of interests
Fairegoers and vendors alike had a wonderful time at the beautiful
Heritage Hall. Many have said they are already looking forward to
the 23rd Annual Women's Winter Faire.
For the past 22 years, the Women's Winter
Faire has been a highly anticipated event: over 50 booths
of creative, funky, beautiful, ecologically-sound and diverse items
just waiting for you to give them a new home.
Loyal shoppers return to this popular event confident that they
will find hand crafted items that delight the recipient and support
women artisans and women's organizations.
New shoppers discover the feel of a bustling village square where
friends meet, greet, eat and shop.
With an in-house cafe, background music and a vibrancy that rocks
the hall, the beautiful character of Heritage Hall is transformed
into a holiday time destination that beats the mall hands down.
In addition to creating community, the Women's
Winter Faire gives generously to the community.
Over the past two decades, the door donation has raised over $107,800
for local and worldwide grassroots organizations who oftentimes
have less than adequate funding resources. Volunteers help out at
the Faire and become part of the team; in exchange, their organizations
receive funds, it's a collaborative effort that works!
The Women's Winter Faire was
launched in 1994 when Pat Hogan, co-founder of Sounds & Furies
Productions, was urged by friends to do something "like
they're doing in San Francisco" -- a HUGE women's annual market.
And so she did...but not on the same scale!
The original 'cast' of artisans were the same women (and more) who
helped kick-off the newly-founded Sounds & Furies at
the WISE Hall during Gay Games 1990. Many of these women later sold
their works at Josephine's, an East Vancouver coffee house which
Pat opened. They were/are a band of wild women, ready to jump on
the traveling arts & crafts show!
DOOR DONATION: Each year we
ask for a door donation of $3 - $5 to aid a local organization.
In 2014, the generousity of our fairegoers raised $1450
for Rainbow Refugee
Committee (helping those seeking refugee protection because
of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or
HIV status) and $1350 for the
John Howard Society Community
Living British Columbia (working with families with disabilities).
Over $107,800 has been raised
since the inception of the Women's Winter Faire for following organizations:
At the Faire you can expect to find:
* Quality crafts and artwork
*A wide range of gifts and prices
*Over 500 visitors daily
*An in-house cafe serving scrumptious food -- a haven for weary
Social Event that offers more than shopping -- but that too!
* Friendly vendors and staff
The annual Women's Winter Faire is all about bringing communities
and friends together to celebrate and support women's creativity,
Quotes from Happy Participating Craftswomen
most favourite event of the year. It's not just a weekend
to make sales but a weekend to reconnect with so many great vendors,
volunteers and shoppers in a beautiful atmosphere."
"Women's Winter Faire is my
favourite artisan market. It brings together a wonderfully diverse
range of artisans, craftspeople, and designers. Not only is this
an artisan market, but also a community builder that has raised
thousands of dollars for a different charity chosen each year, while
also creating a venue that is inclusive, celebrating women's creativity
and ingenuity set against the beautiful backdrop of the Heritage
Leah Schell www.leahschell.com