A few years ago my husband and I purchased a piece of property outside of McDonald Corners, Ontario (that we are now getting ready to start building on). One of the things that drew us there (at least for me) is an organization called MERA (McDonalds Corners-Elphin Recreation and Arts).
From May to October there is a lovely farmer’s market with live entertainment. An artist is featured artist every month in the Dean Hall (and this area has a lot of talented artists). There are workshops (stained glass, basket making, felting to name a few), music concerts and much more, but it was the Schoolhouse Weavers that I was most interested in. I have learned a lot from this group, it has given me more confidence and allowed me to progress with my own weaving.
The MERA Schoolhouse Weavers would like to make more progress too, by purchasing more equipment, such as an 8-harness loom. To help achieve this goal they are selling raffle tickets. First price is an antique coverlet woven by A. MacGillivray Grant in 1912 (currently on display in the Dean Hall). Second price is a multi-coloured rug woven by Ankaret Dean, a schoolhouse weaver. Third price is a silk scarf woven by Lise Loader, also a schoolhouse weaver. The draw will be held on November 18, 2017 at the annual MERA Christmas sale.
As these items cannot be shipped, ticket sales are limited to the Ottawa area, and members will be located at various events to sell tickets. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please let me know.