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Norwood Kiwanis, village of Norwood teaming up for North Country Artisan Fair

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NORWOOD - The Norwood Kiwanis and village of Norwood are partnering for a weekend-long event that they hope will become an annual fundraiser.

The North Country Artisan Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to dusk June 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 at the Norwood Village Green. A Norwood Village Green concert will be held at 7 p.m. June 15 following the Artisan Fair.

“The Norwood Kiwanis is teaming up with the village of Norwood in a fundraising event that we’re calling the North Country Artisan Fair. It’s to showcase local talent around the north country,” said Norwood Kiwanian Elizabeth A. Kirnie, the club’s chair of financing and fundraising. Her husband, Will, also a Kiwanian, is the event organizer.

It will be an opportunity to see the variety of north country talents from both sides of the border, she said.

“We’ve got a lot of folks who are creative and energetic, people who sew or weave or carve. We’ve got someone who is going to build canoes before your eyes,” she said.

William Sommerfield is the canoe builder, and his brother, Robert Sommerfield, a taxidermist, will also be on hand.

Mrs. Kirnie said they plan to have plenty of events both days, including a Flag Day ceremony on June 14.

“On Saturday (June 14) we have a whole list of entertainment. Ben Todd will be the master of ceremonies. Erin Chapin is going to start with the National Anthem. She’ll treat us to a medley of patriotic songs. That will be followed by a Flag Day ceremony. It will be a cooperative effort between the Potsdam and Massena Elks as part of our North Country Artisan Fair. It’s quite impressive and moving. They have a lot of different historic flags,” she said.

“That takes the better part of an hour. That will be followed by Ben Todd and Six Foot Midget,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

A food concession booth will operate both days, and there will also be a silent auction, with each vendor donating one item for that, she said.

While not part of the North Country Artisan Fair, the Norwood Public Library has also scheduled a special event for June 14 - LibraryPalooza, according to Mrs. Kirnie.

“We’re sharing the day with the Norwood LibraryPalooza and encouraging people to attend both of them,” she said.

LibraryPalooza, which runs from 12 to 4 p.m., kicks off the library’s summer reading program. It will feature a day of music, activities and fun for all ages.

Live entertainment includes music by Animal Crackers and Stringfolk and storytelling by Todd Moe and Ginger Sweeney. There will also be kids’ activity tables, face painting, cake walks and raffles. The Grub Tub from Canton will be on hand selling hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and drinks.

The Friends of Library will also hold a book sale inside the library, and more information on the library’s summer reading activities will be available.

The North Country Artisan Fair returns for day two on June 15 with other activities, including a free rabies clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Norwood Fire Station. That’s sponsored by the village of Norwood, Norwood Kiwanis Club and the St. Lawrence County Health Department. The clinic will be conducted by staff from Java’s Veterinary Center in Massena.

“Dr. Perez from the Java Veterinary Center will be there with volunteers. The clinic is free, but donations are gratefully accepted,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

The local artisans and craftspeople will also return to the Village Green for a second day of showcasing their talents.

Proceeds will support Kiwanis programs for local children, including scholarships, Kamp Kiwanis and other community youth services.

“We’re hoping to make this the first of many as a fundraiser for Kiwanis projects, such as Kamp Kiwanis and scholarships for high school students,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

Any vendors who wish to participate or anyone with questions can contact Mr. Kirnie by email at norwoodkiwanis@gmail.com or by phone at (315) 705-4407.

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