Russell Ontario promotes "living locally"

Run by volunteers, Russell's first "Living Locally Fair" began in 2009. Photo: Russell & District Horticultural Society, used with permission

Run by volunteers, Russell's first "Living Locally Fair" began in 2009. Photo: Russell & District Horticultural Society, used with permission

There are plenty of heavy issues to worry about. Too often it's the bad, sad or the scary that gets attention.

That's why, when possible, I'm keen on using blog space to highlight things that feel uplifting and empowering – or just plain fun. So, if you're in the area on Saturday, January 18th, consider dropping by the Living Locally Fair:

This annual event is a wonderful place to come and find out what people have to offer in and around Russell, Ontario.

Walk around the exhibitors, sample, buy and listen to some speakers to learn a variety of things. It's easy to spend the entire day at the Living Locally Fair, and when lunch time rolls around make sure to get some of the homemade chili and soup that is available.

It is absolutely FREE to attend the Living Locally Fair. We will always gratefully accept donations for the food bank.

I like the "free" part. And the community part. And supporting local economic endeavors. Here's a list of vendors/exhibitors. Planners are also hoping some sort of garden seed swap will also take place this year, although that always depends on who brings what.

Event organizer Lindley McPhail, a past president of the Russell & District Horticultural Society, told me by phone that a group with costumes from the Star Wars movies will be there to help raise money for the Children's Fantasy Reading Garden project. (The idea there is you can get a photo taken next to Darth Vader and make a donation to a good cause.) Sorry I don't have the full specifics on the Star Wars appearance, but the quirky and cool factor just went up a notch, didn't it?

As explained in this YouTube video, those donations will support  plans for  a whimsical garden to connect kids with books and nature at the town's new library.

This particular event is easier to reach for Ontario residents. (Russell is about an hour from either Cornwall or Ogdensburg.) That being the case, please feel free to list the date and location of similar events in your neck of the woods. Because connecting small producers and artisans with local buyers (and libraries!) all help communities thrive.

YouTube screen shot of plans for the "Children's Reading Garden" in Russell, Ontario.

YouTube screen shot of plans for the "Children's Reading Garden" in Russell, Ontario.

 

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