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Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown to Host Anniversary Celebration

Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown to Host Anniversary Celebration
Event to celebrate world's oldest fair trade retailer

Hagerstown, MD- Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown is celebrating its 30-year anniversary by throwing an Anniversary Celebration from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, September 27.
"We're inviting the community to a family-friendly celebration in honor of this special occasion," said Naomi Byler, store manager of Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown. "With music, food, and fun for all ages, Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown is celebrating this milestone with our neighbors while benefiting artisans around the globe."
The celebration kicks off with a live drumming demonstration from 10:30am to 12:30pm and continues in the store from 1 to 3pm with world music by classical guitarist Candice Mowbray. Younger guests will enjoy stories from villages around the world with local storyteller Crystal Brown at 3:30pm. Refreshments with an international flavor will be served, and guests will enjoy free henna hand art and give-a-ways. For one day only, guests can also save 30 percent off any one item in the store.
Produce sales help pay for food, education, healthcare, and housing for artisan partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
The global fair trade movement began with the founding of Ten Thousand Villages more than 60 years ago through the visionary work of Edna Ruth Byler, a pioneering businessman. As one of the oldest and largest fair trade retailers striving to improve the livelihood of ten thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 36 countries, Ten Thousand Villages has established a sustainable market for artisan-crafted home dĒcor, personal accessories, and gift items from more than 130 artisan groups across the globe.
As a nationally recognized nonprofit for its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, Ten Thousand Villages has received the Co-op America Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, the Longtime Leadership Award in 2006, and most recently the international distinction of "World's Most Ethical Company" by the Etisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine.
Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown opened in 1978 as World Treasures Self Help Crafts and Thrift Shop in downtown Hagerstown on West Franklin Street. In 1995, Self Help expanded and moved to a separate location on Pennsylvania Avenue. The name changed to Ten Thousand Villages in 2001; and in 2004, the store moved to its current location further north on Pennsylvania Avenue, just north of Maugans Avenue intersection.
For more information about Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown, please contact Naomi Byler, manager, at 301-97-3020 or visit Hagerstown.tenthousandvillages.com. Ten Thousand Villages Hagerstown is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm.

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