Celebrating hand-made in Madawaska Valley

Madawaska Valley Dance is giving local arts and crafts businesses a boost on Sunday November 4 with their first Made in the Madawaska Valley indoor crafts market. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17581 Hwy 60 in Wilno. Studio owner Chelsea Clarke and administrator Makaila Ronholm are excited with their new initiative.

Clarke told The Current she hopes to hold occasional indoor markets on a seasonal basis. In September when she relocated Madawaska Valley Dance to new premises, the former Pickles & Quilts in Wilno, she and Ronholm were inspired to think about re-introducing arts and crafts to the space.

Ronholm, who is coordinating this project, is enthusiastic about the “vibe” of the event. She said,

Made in the Madawaska Valley is all about hand-made. We have so much creativity here. It’s amazing for me to see people keeping traditional crafts alive that I saw my grandmother doing when I was a child. That’s what we want to celebrate.

About twenty vendors are expected at the indoor market which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The hand-crafted goods on offer include baked goods, book folds, crocheted items, custom gifts, cutting boards, greeting cards, hand-dyed silk yarn, laundry products, oil paintings, painted ornaments, rag rugs and wood products.

Lucas of MaLu Woodworks (shown above) said,

Often for me fall shows are a bit more relaxed, and I can really take the time to talk to people and enjoy the event, and that lends a whole new atmosphere to the experience.

Sheila Lorbetskie who operates Grandma’s Garden Laundry Products told The Current she was grateful to Madawaska Valley Dance for hosting this event. She said,

We have always had such wonderful support from our local community members and folks visiting the Valley. Swing by for an amazing deal on essential products for your laundry room! Happy Washing!

Laundry products Grandma’s Garden


Featured photo shown at top courtesy MaLu Woodworks

Editor’s note: Updated to include address.

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