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Friday, 18 November 2011 11:38

Visitors invited to experience an old-fashioned Christmas in Nanton

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By Susan Quinlan
For those wanting to get an early start on their shopping, the Distinctly Nanton Christmas Market and Nanton Lights the Way events will take place Nov. 26.

“The Distinctly Nanton Market is the perfect place to wrap your Christmas shopping. Artisans with unique goods with a ‘Distinctly Nanton’ flavour will be showcased,” said Lynn Cowie, member of the Perceptor Sigma Sorority, organizers of the market.

The Distinctly Nanton Christmas Market will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Nanton’s Community Centre, with free admission.

Visitors to the market will find a wide variety of gift items including Lydia’s Distinctive Bags, Once a Tree Woodworks, Bobbie Deno’s Studio, featuring hand-raised metal, hollow-ware and jewellery, and Heart and Soul leather goods, to name just a few.

There will be approximately 44 tables with everything from pottery to weaving and art work, said Cowie, with all items inspired by southern Alberta’s beauty. As well, the Nanton Art Club will provide a display.

“All vendors were approved on the basis that their goods were handmade and unique or distinctive to Nanton.”

A concession will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., raising funds for community organizations.

In conjunction with the Distinctly Nanton Market is Nanton Lights

The Way, expanding visitor’s shopping opportunities.

Nanton Lights the Way runs Nov. 26 as well, with local businesses remaining open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., said organizer Pam Woodall.

“They’ll have Christmas specials on, Christmas treats … open all day so everyone can come and get their shopping started.”

From 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., a Christmas Corner will be hosted on Main Street. Parents can drop their youngsters off to be supervised and entertained with crafts while mom and dad squeeze some shopping in, said Woodall.

Santa will be spotted riding around town and visitors can also enjoy carollers and wagon rides, weather permitting.

While the Distinctly Nanton Market is marking its third year, Woodall said variations of the Nanton Lights the Way event have been running for many years.

“People should come out to the event to get a feel for an old-fashioned Christmas in historic Nanton. We have shops here you won’t find anywhere else.”

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