Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Cultural Creativity

Bands on the Beach and a Craft Market with 'beautiful' woven into it Aug 30-31

Released by Mel Dunster, HFS/Handout photo



eautiful British Columbia is home to a vast and diverse community of professional artisans and crafters.


This Labour Day weekend the Harrison Festival Society will be showcasing a sampling of this creative culture.at their annual Harrison Craft Market, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and August 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and around the historic Harrison Memorial Hall.


Artisans and crafters from as far away as the Okanagan and Kootenay regions will be joining a strong showing from the local Fraser Valley.

"The Fraser Valley has a vibrant arts scene and we are very pleased to be welcoming such a broad selection of unique local vendors to our small lake side Village," says Harrison Festival Society General Manager, Mel Dunster.

The more than 30 plus vendors that make up this cozy indoor craft market offer the highest quality of a wide range of one-of-a-kind home decor, body care, food, fashion and artful creations amidst the small town atmosphere and hospitality of Harrison Hot Springs.

"We are proud to support and nurture locally produced handmade products," says Dunster. "As a grassroots organization we know firsthand the importance of community minded small business in contributing to healthy communities."

An annual community event for more than 20 years, this market is one of the main fundraising activities for the Harrison Festival Society with 10% commission collected on all vendor sales to help support the Societies' year round events.

°Not everyone realizes that we present world class entertainment throughout the year, says Dunster, and that we have been doing so for almost as long as we have been organizing the July Harrison Festival of the Arts.

This fall will mark the Societies 26th Season of Performing Arts with an opening concert October 4 featuring captivating Dene singer/songwriter Leela Gilday in the intimate Harrison Memorial Hall. But you don't have to wait for the leaves to start changing colour to enjoy quality music in Harrison.

Coinciding with the Harrison Craft Market, is the highly successful Bands on the Beach event presented by Tourism Harrison. With the breathtaking scenery of Harrison Lake as it's backdrop, this increasingly popular two day concert series showcases some of the Fraser Valley's best country folk music talent including Nicki Meier, Amanda Thate, Whiskey Jane, Headwater, Sean Hogan, GB Roots and Harrison's own Todd Richard.

Admission to the Harrison Craft Market and Bands on the Beach is free. For more info and a full listing of this year's crafty vendors visit www.harrisonfestival.com, call 604.796.3664 or email here. For Bands on the Beach info visit www.tourismharrison.com




About Harrison Festival Society

Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fueled programming. Each July the Society produces the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross-disciplinary, multicultural art event on the beautiful shores of Harrison Lake, BC. 


The Festival is now celebrating its 37th year. The Society, incorporated in 1988, also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to April. A non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society works closely with a number of partners in the Fraser Valley in continuing to bring high quality, accessible arts into the area.



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