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NANTON For those wanting to get an early start

on their shopping, the Distinctly Nanton Christmas Market and Nanton Lights the Way events will take place Nov. 26. “The Distinctly Nanton Market is the

perfect place to wrap your Christmas shopping. Artisans with unique goods with a ‘Distinctly Nanton’ flavour will be showcased,” said Lynn Cowie, member of the Perceptor Sigma Sorority, organizers of the market. The Distinctly Nanton Christmas

Market will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Nanton’s Community Centre, with free admission. Visitors to the market will find a

wide variety of gift items including Lydia’s Distinctive Bags, Once a Tree Woodworks, Bobbie Deno’s Studio, featuring hand-raised metal, hollow- ware and jewellery, and Heart and Soul leather goods, to name just a few. There will be approximately 44 tables

with everything from pottery to weaving and art work, said Cowie, with all items inspired by southern Alberta’s beauty. As well, the Nanton Art Club will provide a display. “All vendors were approved on the

basis that their goods were handmade and unique or distinctive to Nanton.” A concession will run from 10 a.m.



Sugar beet harvest is wrapping up. Here, sugar beets make their way up a conveyor belt, while piler

operator Steve

Mazutinec ensures the machinery is working properly.

Photo by Jamie Woodford


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to 4 p.m., raising funds for community organizations. In conjunction with the Distinctly

Nanton Market is Nanton Lights The Way, expanding visitor’s shopping opportunities. Nanton Lights the Way runs Nov. 26

as well, with local businesses remaining open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., said organizer Pam Woodall. “They’ll have Christmas specials on,

Christmas treats … open all day so everyone can come and get their shopping started.” From 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., a Christmas

Corner will be hosted on Main Street. Parents can drop their youngsters off to be supervised and entertained with crafts while mom and dad squeeze some shopping in, said Woodall. Santa will be spotted riding around

town and visitors can also enjoy carollers and wagon rides, weather permitting. While the Distinctly Nanton Market is

marking its third year, Woodall said variations of the Nanton Lights the Way event have been running for many years. “People should come out to the event

to get a feel for an old-fashioned Christmas in historic Nanton. We have shops here you won’t find anywhere else.”

Friday, November 18, 2011 - Prairie Post West - 7 Visitors invited to experience an old-fashioned Christmas in Nanton

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This display is one of many visitors will see at the upcoming Distinctly Nanton Christmas Market, Nov. 26. Coinciding with that Christmas shopping opportunity is Nanton Lights the Way, another shopping opportunity, when Nanton vendors remain open on that same date, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A Christmas Corner also will be set up on Main Street, where parents can leave their children to be supervised and entertained from 2 to 8 p.m., while mom and dad browse through the shops.

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