LONG SAULT, Ontario – Vendors and shoppers alike converged at The Lost Villages Museum on July 6 at the Artisans in the Park pop-up market to showcase and sell everything from artwork to desserts.
“Artisans in the Park is a great event to see a lot of both local and regional craftsmanship all on display in one of the most beautiful spots in the area,” said Debbie Burns of W3G & Co, the organizer of the event. “With around 65 vendors from as far as Montreal, there is such a wide range of products and vendors to talk to and check out, there really is something for everyone here.”
One of the vendors, Back 9 Woodworking, has been coming to the event for the past four years. “These events have such a tight knit group of both vendors and supporters,” said Mack Lemieux, “We are pretty fortunate to have the local support around here to draw such a crowd.”
Around 600 people had been through the pop-up market by 2 p.m., according to Lemieux.
Events like these also help support the Lost Villages, according to the Lost Villages Historical Society’s Treasurer Gloria Waldroff. “While we do receive a donation for helping with the venue for the market, it’s also a great opportunity to teach our new visitors about the Lost Villages and the history they might otherwise miss out on.”
The Lost Villages Historical Society works to preserve what is left from the Lost Villages and keep the area’s history intact, according to Waldroff. “Having the pop-up market here really brings people in and allows us to teach people about the Lost Villages while they enjoy their time checking out vendors,” said Waldroff.