Mark your calendars women of Grafton! A week from tonight is Grafton’s annual tribute to female vendors, shoppers and good causes. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the treats that will be represented:
Looking to shop for a good cause? “Women’s Night Out: Stress-Free Shopping” combines over 30 unique crafters and direct sales vendors, with complimentary chair massages and wine-tasting. The event will be held Friday, October 17 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the Grafton Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road (Route 122), and will benefit the Grafton Food Bank. Admission is free
“While this event ultimately benefits the Grafton Food Bank, other vendors participate and share a portion of their profits with other non-profit organizations”, reports Kristie Proctor, co-organizer along with Nancy Hazen.
One such vendor is Jacqueline Brennan, an eighth grade student from South Grafton. Her business in Jax’s Gem’s, and her personal story is the connection to her cause.
“I make and sell glass jewelry, bracelets and earrings. I wanted to give back to the Jimmy Fund, where I was treated in 1997 for neuroblastoma. I took a class on making jewelry from Chris Bruso [another vendor taking part in WNO] and now my family helps me make items.” When asked if her brother helps out, she admitted that her brother and two sisters create the jewelry together.
Kim Lipinski has a personal connection to her jewelry items that she makes and sells at WNO. Kim explains, “The tag line on my logo is…. Jewelry Expressions ~ Your Essence Revealed…. It is inspirational in the fact that the pieces are handcrafted and inspired by people I meet and places I’ve been.”
This will be the second year Kim has participated in WNO. “I would like a portion of the proceeds to benefit one of my family parishioners, Sherry Harper. The monies raised will help fund expenses incurred that insurance will not cover. Sherry is in need of a double lung transplant; she has Alpha 1 which is a congenital lung disease. Sherry has small children and is only 44 years young. I though this would be a nice way to help a cause for someone right in our own town”, says Lipinski, a resident of North Grafton.
Back again for her fourth year, Heidi Swanick of North Grafton will sell Abby’s House Pins to benefit Abby’s House in Worcester, a non-profit organization that serves homeless and battered women and children. Peg Forbes will offer tickets to “An Evening Of Giving” taking place in November at Solomon Pond Mall to benefit the Grafton SpedPAC.
From dichroic glass and crystal jewelry, to watercolor prints, felted bags, wristlets, handbags and accessories, vendors will offer many ideas for gift-giving. Door prizes will be announced intermittently throughout the evening, and raffle items from the crafters and vendors will be on display, with winners announced at the conclusion of the evening. Raffle ticket proceeds will be donated directly to the Grafton Food Bank. Make plans now to join the fun on October 17! For more information on attending the event, please call Kristie Proctor at 508.887.9858.
I’ve spent my entire time in Grafton working Friday nights every year when this came around and I’m thrilled to finally get to go this year! See you there.