The phenomenal success of the 2007 Distant Neighbors Fair Trade Festival encouraged St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown to expand the 2008 Festival with additional hours and many more affordable Free Trade products.
The weekend of activities is a unique shopping alternative. And the Distant Neighbors Festival will provide information to further awareness of some of the economic and social challenges facing many people around the world.
Instead of searching crowded malls for appropriate holiday and other gifts, the public is invited to shop on Friday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday November 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Purchases may be made with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Ethnic foods, beverages, and entertainment will be available. Door prize drawings will be held twice daily. A five-piece Guatemalan Band will play all day on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Shoppers will have an opportunity to purchase affordable, beautiful, quality jewelry, clothing, household items, holiday decorations, books, toys, coffees, baskets, and many other gift items – all with one thing in common: They are all Fair Trade articles. Fair Trade refers to the direct purchase of goods from people in developing nations. Based on economic and social justice principles, Fair Trade empowers and assures the talented low-income artisans who created the articles and farmers who grow the products a fair price for their labor, an opportunity to better their lives by providing financially for their families while achieving dignity in their work. Your dollars can make a difference for these less fortunate artisans and farmers.
Festival proceeds do not benefit St. Paul’s. The proceeds will help fund economic development efforts abroad and at home in Sussex County.
The weekend of activities is a unique shopping alternative. The Distant Neighbors Festival furthers awareness of some of the economic and social challenges facing many people around the world.
For a wonderful shopping opportunity, some fun for the family, and a way to serve our neighbors near and far, come to the Distant Neighbors Festival on November 21 and 22. For more information, please call the church at (302) 856-2894 or find more information online at www.stpaulsgeorgetown.org.
Directions to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: The church is located at the intersection of Pine and Academy Streets in Georgetown.
• From Route 113 North: Take North Bedford Street or 404/18 east into the Circle in Georgetown; take a right at Citizens Bank, an immediate left on E. Pine Street and a right on Academy Street.
• From Route 113 South: Take Route 9 east into the Circle in Georgetown, a right at Citizens Bank, an immediate left on E. Pine Street and a right on Academy Street.
Countries Represented in the Distant Neighbors Fair Trade Festival: Bolivia, Nicaragua, Chile, Pakistan, Ecuador, Peru, Egypt, Philippines, El Salvador, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Tanzania, Honduras, Thailand, India, Uganda, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kenya, West Bank, Laos, Mexico, and Nepal.