With the exception of Grandma's made-with-love hand-knitted scarves, we bet you don't know where most of your holiday gifts either received or given come from. Sure, you might read the tags, but you truly have no idea if that shirt from your favorite mall store was ever touched by human hands at any point during its construction, let alone if those hands possessed any feelings toward your mass-produced clothing (doubtful). So what kind of fun is it, then, to give these types of items as gifts? Wouldn't it be better to know that the carefully wrapped items you present to friends and family took longer to make than it took you to cover them with shiny paper? It also would be nice to know that the people crafting your holiday gifts received a fair wage for their labors. Well, the Fair-Trade Market held at Manchester United Methodist Church (129 Woods Mill Road, Manchester; 636-394-7506 or www.manchesterumc.org) is making all of these holiday miracles happen. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday (November 24 and 25), you can browse jewelry, gifts for kids, baskets and boxes, food goods like chocolate and coffees, décor items (including ornaments), and much more and all of it's fair-trade. There are also three multicultural performances per day, and Kaldi's yummy food is available.
Fri., Nov. 24; Sat., Nov. 25