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Plowshares crafts fair celebrates peace, justice this weekend at Nottingham High

— Shopping there supports the local economy since none of the money is outsourced. A 2009 Civic Economics study found that purchases at locally-owned stores support local economies at double the rate of big-box store purchases.

Plowshares crafts include jewelry (glass, gemstones, precious metals), ceramics, woodworking, photography and handmade clothing and exotic items such as rainsticks, origami, Native American stone-carving and herbal tinctures.

Live entertainment and tasty food make the festival a family-friendly event. Admission costs $2 to $5 and is free for folks ages 15 and younger or 65 and older.

Entertainment will be as varied as the voices that cry out for peace worldwide. From belly dancers to One Black Voice, from Merry Mischief to Mark Zane, performers will enliven the craftsfair with music and movement.

Other Plowshares performers include Nottingham Steel Drum, My Fusion Flow, Crow ‘n Bow, and the wandering minstrel, Ribbonsteel Rapper. For festival info, dial 472-5478; or visit peacecouncil.net/plowshares/.

The schedule

Saturday, Dec. 1

10:30 a.m. Eli Thomas

11 a.m. TBA

11:30 a.m. Young & Talented Dance Co.

Noon TBA

12:30 p.m. Trio Bohio

1 p.m. Syracuse Community Choir

1:30 p.m. Maya Tribe belly dancers

2 p.m. One Black Voice

3 p.m. Colleen Kattau and Some Guys

Sunday, Dec. 2

11:30 a.m. Savannah Juvanis

Noon Hanita Blair

12:30 p.m. Eli Thomas

1 p.m. Dance Theater of Syracuse

1:30 p.m. Harmonia

2 p.m. Merry Mischief

3 p.m. Mark Zane

4 p.m. C-Jack Productions

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