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Home-Grown Alternatives marks 15 years of charity

Christmas shoppers can take advantage of a range of Bermuda arts and crafts on sale tomorrow.

Home-Grown Alternatives (HGA) is an annual event founded 15 years ago by Mary Tatem and Christine Wellman. Their idea was to offer a venue for people to sell their wares. “We are pleasantly touched by the support HGA has received over the many years that the event has been happening,” said Ms Tatem.

“This year marks another milestone for us, as when we started 15 years ago, there was no Facebook, no Twitter, no Google, no real cell phones as we know them today, barely any local art and craft shows at Christmas time for locals and no grey hairs. Now things have changed.”

Mrs. Wellman added: “For an event that was just intended to extend the tourism sales season for a last hurrah to sell our left over inventory before we packed it away for the season, we are still being pleasantly surprised with the continuity of HGA.”

This year's participants include handmade jewellery by Alexandra Myles, home made chocolate and candy by Almuriel Simons-Busby and Sylvia Robinson, and cedar products by Burton Jones of Drawbridge Industries.

The event takes place this Saturday at St. Paul's Christian Education Centre in Paget from 10am to 4pm.

Christine Wellman, Mary Tatem and Terry Chapman are all geared up for tomorrow's 15th annual Home-Grown Alternatives 2010 Craft Fair.

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Published December 03, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm)

Home-Grown Alternatives marks 15 years of charity

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