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Ligonier Country Christmas market offers unique shopping

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 11:23 p.m.

The fourth annual Ligonier Country Christmas Market will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30. This year's event will be held at the Ligonier Valley YMCA.

The event will feature creations and products from more than 70 local merchants and vendors. Admission is free.

“Even during this event, we hold true to our slogan – ‘Make It, Bake It, Grow It,'” said Angela Kay Iezzi, manager of the market.

The market's mission of enhancing the vitality and viability of small farms, independent food processors and local/regional artists and artisans of the Ligonier Valley is embraced at this festive event.

“I like to look at it as a ‘thank you' to the vendors for sticking with us through the regular season,” Lezzi said. “You have to be a vendor at some point during the regular market season to get an application.”

A variety of items — from fresh goodies and homemade wine, to handmade jewelry, decorative items, scarves, soaps and lotions — will be on display.

An hourly drawing for prizes from a variety of participating vendors will be held during the event. Customers are invited to fill out an entry form to become eligible.

Local artisan Alisa Pavick Barnhart, who creates handmade jewelry for her business, Clementine, said she is looking forward to attending the event.

“This is a great opportunity for people to support the economy by buying from local artists and farmers and, at the same time, come home with some quality items,” said Barnhart.

Barnhart said she is impressed by the caliber of handmade items that are available from the Country Market vendors.

“It's wearable art,” she said. “Crafters today are more artisans than ever before. Our wares are so much more sophisticated than the popsicle stick, pipe cleaner crafts of the past.”

A complete list of vendors participating in the Ligonier Country Christmas Market can be found at ligoniercountrymarket.com.

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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