Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit organization, will bring its International Artisan Fair to Sherman on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 24 – 26, 2014. The International Artisan Fair, sponsored by the Mission Team of First United Methodist Church of Sherman, will be held in the church’s Community Life Center located on the corner of Crockett and Mulberry Streets. The Artisan Fair will be open from 10 am – 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from 9 am – noon and 5:30 – 7 pm.
In conjunction with the International Artisan Fair, the United Methodist Women of First Methodist Church in Sherman will hold their ‘Souper’ Fall Fest on Friday October 24th. Feast on homemade Mexican Tamale soup from the Jubilee Cookbook, Baked Potato Soup or chose from 5 other varieties along with salads, homemade bread, cornbread and homemade desserts. Cost for the ‘Souper’ meal is $7.00 per person. Lunch service will be from 11 am – 1 pm and dinner service will be from 5 – 7 pm.
Proceeds from the International Artisan Fair and the ‘Souper’ Fall Fest being held in Sherman, will be used to support those in need in developing countries. Ten Thousands Villages will supply most of the items for sale from their inventory of items produced by artisans from around the world. The International Artisan fair will include holiday craft items, as well as hand-loomed textiles, pottery, jewelry, baskets and toys. Items for sale will be moderately priced from just a few dollars to about $20 with a few items priced around $40.
There will also be booths with baked goods, crafts, jewelry, gift wrap, a raffle for a propane fire pit and more. The Youth Group will be selling Chocolate Pretzels, and the Children’s Ministries will be selling FUMC cookbooks. Meal and Raffle Tickets may be purchased in the church office or at the door. For more details contact Kathy Flynn at 903.868.4809 or Nancy Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten Thousand Villages was founded more than 60 years ago through the visionary work of Edna Ruth Byler, a pioneering businesswoman. Byler was struck by the overwhelming poverty she witnessed during a trip to Puerto Rico in 1946, where she was moved to take action. Byler ignited a global movement to eradicate poverty through market-based solutions.
The global fair trade movement began with the founding of Ten Thousand Villages more than 60 years ago and has grown into a global network of social entrepreneurs working to empower and provide economic opportunities to artisans in developing countries. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, a global network of more than 350 fair trade organizations in 70 countries, Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihoods of underemployed and disadvantaged artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.