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Ten Thousand Villages Festival coming soon

The Presbyterian Women of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church are gearing up for their Ten Thousand Village Festival and Courtyard Cafe.

The Presbyterian Women of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church are gearing up for their Ten Thousand Village Festival and Courtyard Cafe.

The Presbyterian Women of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church will provide people a chance to give back while take home one-of-a-kind arts and crafts.

The church will host a Ten Thousand Villages Festival, along with a “Breezeway Café,” Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 to support The Presbyterian Children’s Home in Talladega.

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit project of the Mennonite Central Committee that supports Third World artisans, by bringing their arts and crafts to America and Canada to sell at fair trade value.

“You find some really quality products at really reasonable prices,” said Jim Nichols, FPC church administrator.

According to the Ten Thousand Villages’ website, the non-profit organization was started because of Edna Ruth Byler, a pioneering businesswoman that “believed that she could provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America.”

The organization has been helping artisans for more than 60 years, by providing them an outlet to sell their goods.

“It’s a support mechanism for [the artisans]. They bring those good here, and they sell them,” Nichols said. “They sell them at fair trade prices.”

Along with more than 100 stores in America, Ten Thousand Villages also has traveling shows, like the one coming to Selma.

With the weather cooling off and the holidays right around the corner, Nichols said he believes this is the perfect time to have the fundraiser and get members of the community together.

“It’s a great community event that happens,” Nichols said. “It’s a good way to get Christmas gifts for people at very reasonable prices.”

In the past, the hot items were hand made baskets.

“The baskets in the past have been really popular,” said Nichols. “They’re beautifully made.”

To go along with the arts and crafts, guests will also have the opportunity to dig into Christie Cumming’s Chinese Chicken Salad and Catherine Gilmer’s Tomato Pie at the “Breezeway Café.”

They will also have homemade muffins, cakes, pies and drinks for shoppers to snack on while they are picking out the perfect craft.

“We receive a portion of the money from the sale of the goods,” Nichols said.

“Any proceeds that we receive off of the café … will go to The Presbyterian Children’s Home in Talladega.”

Cornerstone is having a preview party on Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Warren Room located inside the church. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.