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Adopt-A-Barrel 2013
Flower Growing

Published December 10, 2008

What an array of talented artists and artisans live in our area! The Land O' Lakes Artisans Guild (LOLAG) show and sale last weekend presented the best in fibre, wood, jewellery, pottery, painting and more. We found two perfect presents there. Check their website at to find some for yourself. And to all those who still think that the arts are a frivolous drain on society, hear this: at least one business in the village had a significant increase in customers on LOLAG day, many of whom told the store that they were in Verona for the show.

While we're on the subject of local businesses, remember that our merchants are a terrific place to go for unusual gifts. Some are obvious stops - Jitterbugs for beautiful and unusual household collectibles; Local Family Farms for all kinds of treats and gift baskets; the Joyful Beader for unique jewellery; Verona Hardware for gifts for hunters, fishers, and bird lovers; Bensons for auto accessories and more. But think outside the box. How about gift certificates for gas from Toppers, hair styling from any number of local people, eyebrows from Harmony Esthetics, classes at Excellence in Exercise, or meals from Bravo or MOM? Better yet, put yourself into the mix and give your own certificate for a meal or two at either restaurant or a date at Rivendell. The more you put yourself into the gift, the better it gets, and you can do that by opening your mind to what's right here in the village. We haven't even begun to talk about the possibilities that lie close by - Harrowsmith Horse Country or Tiffany's; Trousdale's General Store or Memory Lane in Sydenham. And if you act this weekend, you can make a basket from Farmers Market goodies. By narrowing the field to local merchants, you are giving yourself the chance to really think about the person you're gifting. You can put together something really personal that came from your own back yard.

This Saturday is the last Farmers Market until February, and the Verona Lions join the vendors in a special holiday time. Carolling, Santa (bring your camera), a taste of turkey and fixins and of course, the delicious market fare - from fresh eggs to scones to prepared meals for those hectic holiday times. Meat you at the market.

If you're reading this in Harrowsmith on Thursday Dec. 11, be prepared for a knock on your door from a Girl Guide who will ask you for a donation to their food drive.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Verona is pleased to say that their club raised $211.00 in a silent auction back in November. They donated the money to Rural Visions for needy families at Christmas time. The club meets on Monday nights at Verona Free Methodist Church at 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. All are welcome.

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