Mike Parcy, January 29th, 2013.
One word is on the tongue of every resident in Ancaster and, for once, it isn’t ‘inheritance’. Folks here are genuinely excited
about their very own Artsprawl, and the merging of Supercrawl with the Festival of Friends at Ancaster Fairgrounds. I took a trip out to the Meadowlands to get a read on it.
“I think it’s fantastic!” Says Michelle Sommers, a 34-year-old yoga instructor. “Martha Stewart’s crafts were going downhill since she went to jail. Now, our whole family gets involved. Even our pedigree Bichon Frise is wearing a multi-coloured walking sweater, though her canine psychologist said colours aren’t good for her well being.”
My next stop was Michael’s, Ancaster’s largest craft store, where I discovered the competitive drive behind crafts. Employee, Bonnie, tells me “People are buying the pre-made crafts like they are going out of style. When one person buys something, another person looks at it and buys the same thing, only bigger. We now stock balls of yarn 8 ft in diameter.”
My last stop was at Second Cup, where we spoke with John Unsworth, a 37-year-old retired Investment Consultant who reluctantly became a fan and participant. “I’m not really an artsy person, but how can you not get caught up in all of this? Luckily, my personal life coach, a retired art teacher, showed me how to make origami out of my old, low performing investment portfolios.”
From street to street, Ancaster is abuzz with excitement. Residents here are happy to share a little bit of their culture with the outside. Hopefully Ancaster’s Artsprawl will be a draw for years to come.
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