YQG Made – Holiday Maker Market

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YQG Made – Holiday Maker Market

A Homestead First! #YQGMade brings its Holiday Maker Market to the John R. Park Homestead. Support 20-30 local artisans and find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list as you browse local artists, jewelry makers, knitters, sewers, woodworkers and more! Get into the holiday spirit as you experience the Homestead at this special time of year– the halls will be decked with natural materials gathered from the forest and farm; enjoy pioneer demonstrations around the farm; hands-on activities for children; seasonal photo backdrops for perfect selfies; warm up with mulled cider and roasted chestnuts; and visit the Homestead’s gift shop to take a piece of history home!  If you haven’t been out in a while, prepare to be amazed by the brand new, state-of-the-art Heritage and Conservation Centre, opened in July of this year.

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For information: education@erca.org or call 519-738-2029

“Being focused on providing a resource for the local maker community, it just made sense for YQG Made to partner with Southwestern Ontario’s only living history museum dedicated to showcasing self-sufficiency at John R. Park Homestead  Conservation Area to host a Holiday Maker Market,” said Dennis from YQGMade.

Countless school children growing up in Windsor Essex County have attended this historic site through the years and had their first experiences of seeing local industry and making on these grounds, whether in the blacksmith shop, the saw mill, operating the floor loom or making Christmas cookies and ornaments in the 1842 Greek Revival farmhouse.

Many of the vendors at our holiday market grew up in the area and were exposed to these timeless crafts at an early age at John R. Park Homestead. It’s entirely possible that the seeds were planted on that long-ago school field trip that led full-circle to becoming the artists, artisans, crafters and handmade makers they are now.