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Fair Trade Festival Returns to White Plains: December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov 27, 2017 07:13PM

Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival and Crafts Fair

The annual Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival and Crafts Fair will be held December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 250 Bryant Avenue in White Plains. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 for admission.

“This local annual tradition provides a wonderful array of unusual and affordable items, created and sold with a conscience,” says Nada Khader, director of the Westchester Peace Action Committee Foundation (WESPAC), which organizes the festival along with Memorial United Methodist Church, the Walkabout Clearwater Sloop and the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence.

There will be live music throughout the day and homemade baked goods, hot food, bread and fair trade coffee and tea available for purchase.

Items sold benefit the artisans who created them. Some artisans are local, while others are from Asia, Africa or South America, Khader says. “Many of the crafts sold at the festival are made by artists in women-managed cooperatives,” she says. “Funds raised by the sale of these crafts help support a living wage and better living conditions.”

Among the broad range of items for sale are pottery and baskets; quilts and tablecloths; jewelry, T-shirts and accessories; aromatherapy, beauty and body-care products; home décor; and chocolate, coffee, tea and olive oil. Some festival proceeds will also benefit the Loft, the LGBT center in White Plains.

For more info, contact Memorial United Methodist Church at 914.949.2146.