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B-DRPC Offers Arts, Crafts From Around The World - Brevard, NC


November 13, 2017

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These translucent goblets, along with a water pitcher, mimic natural tones and patterns.

The annual International Arts and Crafts Holiday Gift Market will be held at Brevard-Davidson River Presby-terian Church, 249 E. Main St., on Nov. 18 and 19. As in the past, this is a joint venture with Asheville's Ten Thousand Villages. Unique handcrafted wares from around the world will be available for - holiday purchase. Come check out the brightly-colored articles of apparel, including recycled sari throws and scarves, as well as baskets, nativities, childrens' toys and stocking stuffers, jewelry and various home decorating accent pieces.

The purchase of these items will help support artisans and their families as they strive to lift themselves out of poverty. Take the story of Rina Dweri. She and her family live in Bangladesh. In the winter of 2001, 28-year-old Rina went to work with the Biborton Handmade Paper Project. She learned how to make fine handmade paper from water hyacinth, an invasive weed. She has since been able to send her two children to school and buy her husband a rickshaw. Today her children are studying to become a doctor and a nurse. It is people like Rina that provide the various wares to be sold at the Holiday Gift Market. It is back to people like Rina that the money will flow.

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Baskets and pillows entail a range of colors and reflections of nature.

Proceeds generated by Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church will be directed to their ongoing mission works. These include (but are not limited to) an intergenerational mission trip to Guatemala in 2020; the support of the church's missionary in South Africa/Madagascar; the support of a new missionary in a location to be determined; the visit from a missionary from South Sudan; and an offering to its sister church in Guatemala.

Also available will be food to eat at the church or take home. These items will be prepared by the volunteers at El Centro, a center for the local Hispanic community located on B-DRPC grounds. Tamales, nopales (cactus) salad plates and Mexican desserts will be offered for sale. Profits from food sales will stay in the El Centro community.

Stop in at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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