Futura School craft market a huge success

FUTURA GIRLS: Lizelle Koen and Esti Badenhorst enjoy the Futura Schools Craft Market so much. They've worked at the ticket reception for the past two events.

FUTURA School for the academically challenged had their annual craft market on the weekend of July 28 to July 30 at Sha-Mani Lodge, New Market.

Futura School is a special needs school that caters for learners from seven to 12 years of age with barriers in learning and disabilities.

With over 180 stalls to browse through, a selection of gourmet food dishes, vintage car displays, live musical performances and plenty of kid-friendly activities and jumping castles, the Futura School Craft Market was well worth the R20 entrance fee.

DELFT JEWELLERY: This Dutch-style ceramic ring was one-of-a-kind, but there were plenty of similar jewellery pieces to choose from.

Among the artsy-crafty stalls, there were plenty of items to satisfy one’s inner creative spirit. Quaint, painted furniture pieces and ornaments, Dutch Delft-style ceramic jewellery, DIY craft kits, paintings and hand-made clothes, boots and toys could all be found here – along with countless items only the most imaginative of minds could dream of.

CUTE: This is the cutest cheeseboard you may ever come across in Alberton and it was for sale at the Craft Market.

The food stalls were just as impressive! You could take a tour around the world using nothing but your taste buds – Afrikaans, Thai, Dutch, American and Indian stalls had hearty dishes for sale, such as pancakes and boerewors-rolls, stir-fry and spring rolls, crêpes and syrup waffles, corn dogs and hamburgers and butter chicken and other curries. Not to mention the gourmet stuffed avocado and crumbed mushrooms – one could simply not leave the event without a full, satisfied stomach!

YUM: At this stand, one could buy Nutella Crêpes – a sweet tooth’s delight!

The entertainment featured live musical performances – along with the vocal songs, there was beautiful piano, guitar and violin tunes played for an appreciative audience. For the kids, there was a selection of climbing frames, swings and jumping castles to go nuts on. This allowed parents to kick back at the craft brewery and enjoy a craft beer, or a nice cocktail at the fully-stocked outdoor bar while the music played.

QUAINT: All kinds of unique furniture pieces, such as these hand-painted end tables, were for sale at affordable prices.

“I’m working at this event for the second time now,” said Esti Badenhorst of Futura School at the reception of the event. “I really enjoy the vibe here. It’s holly-jolly and a little hipster, so what’s not to like? And they sell the cutest things. It’s an artist’s ideal scene.”

Futura School craft market will return next year, so be sure not to miss it! The RECORD will publish a reminder of the event closer to the time.

VINTAGE: One of the vintage cars that were on display. It was only decorative, but still brought out everyone’s inner-hippie.

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Monique van Wyk

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