Spring market planned for Earth Day

More than 150 vendors will be bringing a wide selection of handmade and locally produced items

  • Apr. 16, 2018 11:56 a.m.

A big spring market with an Earth Day focus is planned for the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on April 21 and 22.

More than 150 vendors will be bringing a wide selection of handmade and locally produced items, along with products designed for home and garden.

Vendors will sell organic seeds and bedding plants birdhouses, bird feeders and yard art, along with jewellery, art work, children’s clothing and locally produced agricultural products.

A highlight of the weekend is a workshop focused on solar energy projects for the home.

John Barling, author of a solar energy workbook for B.C. Hydro, will present a workshop with more than 30 projects to build with plans including photovoltaics, distillation, showers, low cost water heaters, food dryers, ovens and more. Tickets will be available at the door.

Other workshops, free with admission to the spring market, include presentations on composting, natural products, growing good veggies, and permaculture gardening.

There will also be free hands-on upcycled craft workshops including teacup gardens, t-shirt tote bags and paper making.

Another feature of the spring market will be a variety of craft demonstrations including silk scarf dying with a Japanese colour drop technique, weaving on a triangular loom and wood carving by indigenous artist Steve Mackie.

Special events planned for Earth Day on Sunday include a unique performance by First Nations Artist Laurent Isadore, who offer Buffalo Wisdom at 12:30 p.m.

Local artist Jenny Long will be live painting.

A variety of local musicians and performers will be on hand both days. The first 50 people on Sunday will receive upcycled shopping bags with treats inside. The first 25 kids will have their faces painted for free bylocal artist Camille Clarke.

Event organizer Laurel Burnham said this is Earth Day disguised as a happy shopping opportunity.

“We are becoming more aware on a daily basis of the effect of human activity on the environment” Burham said. “Its critical that we all become more aware of our planet home.”

The spring market will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.okanaganmakers.ca.

Just Posted

Hang glider pilot rescued from Pincushion Mountain

Pilot was able to help guide rescue crews to her location

Balmy winter forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

El Niño is anticipated to develop later this winter

Dementia journey the long good-bye

More than 70,000 people in B.C. have been diagnosed with dementia

Grants for Okanagan youth initiatives available

Project funding of up to $2,000 available for the South and Central Okanagan

Watoto Children’s Choir touring Okanagan for new album

The We Will Go tour will stop in Penticton, Vernon and Summerland

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Millennial Money: Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt

A full 48 per cent of U.S. households have credit card debt

Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12-year-old B.C. girl 40 years ago

Police allege Garry Handlen told a cop how he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978

Most Read