An important highlight of previous Festivals has been the Marketplace where choirs are able to enhance their music repertoire and purchase bell related items.  In addition we like to offer ringers an eclectic array of crafts and products to purchase. 

While we have many interested vendors we are still looking. If you know vendors we should contact to be part of the 2023 Festival Marketplace, please contact Margaret Merkley at

Vendors will be listed on the OGEHR website as confirmed.

Margaret Merkley
Marketplace Coordinator

It's About Time Festival Vendors

9th Hour Studio, Deborah Macnab

Deborah is a retired commercial artist who aims to create affordable art. She does contract work upon request.


Acrylic Art, Marsha Esford

Birds, animals, scenery in acrylic and watercolour.

AllieCatsHats, Allie Thurlby

A variety of knit products from hats to plant hangars, scrubbies, dishcloths, and gnomes!

Facebook: Allie Cats Hats
Instagram: alliecatshats

Brownsmere Orchard, Anita and Gary Crump

Preserves from Brownsmere Orchard, using my Grandmothers' recipes. Jams, jellies, sauces, and more made from the 10 different fruits we pick, pluck or pull on our farm.

Facebook: brownsmere.orchard

Crafts by Barbara Neal and Friends

Barbara and her friends have created a unique array of items - quilted, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, cards and more. Some small items, some large items - come and see what we have for you!


Custom Creations, Amy Van Nest

Amy offers handmade wooden signs, beautiful ceramic coasters, and unique wine bags. Each product is perfect for decoration in your home or as a gift to friends or family. Check out our products before the Marketplace at her website.

Elegance by Enid, Enid Henwood

Elegant table runners, colourful hot pads, whimsical peg bags


Handcrafted Greeting Cards, Judie Bryant

A wide selection of handcrafted greeting cards.

Hear Them Ring, Barbara Peaker

Selling a large quantity of handbell sheet music, gloves, mallets, cleaning supplies, accessories and gift items. She will also have small handbell parts such as springs and screws available should any bells misbehave!

Heather Lappan and Sara Van Vaals

This mother-daughter duo offer an eclectic mix of treasures from beeswax skin cream that can be uses for itchy skin, chapped lips, cracked heels and elbows, diaper rash, sunburns, and makeup removal to crocheted items such as, but not limited to, stuffed animals, hats, scarves, blankets and flowers.



heather nicholson: A Stone's Throw Mandala Dot Art

Original handbell-themed gifts and clothing: 3-D layered paper images, framed; t-shirts; hand-cast & hand-painted Mandala Dot Art Stones; bookmarks

Facebook: astonesthrowmandaladotarthn



Kingston Grandmother Connection, Deb Ruse

All proceeds help support African grandmothers and their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.

    • Eco products including shampoo and conditioner bars made in Canada
    • Fabric creations for you and your home
    • Sandglass creations - jewellery and other items made with shells and sea glass
    • African jewellery

Facebook: kingstongrandmotherconnection


Music Lending Library (MLL)

The Music Lending Library, as part of the Festival Marketplace, will have tables set up and music displayed for browsing. It will also be possible to put in a request to borrow specific pieces by filling out a form. The Coordinator of the Library, Debi Sproule, will collect the information and get the copies to you later in the month.

Debi Sproule:

The Bearded Bowlmaker, Benoir Ouellette

The Bearded Bowlmaker creates artful bowls, vases, candle holders, and much more using local and exotic woods. His creations are unique; the wood itself guides the design decisions. The result is an array of lovingly crafted pieces ranging from items you will use daily to others you will want to display as fine works of art. For a sample of Benoir's work check out his Instagram page.

Instagram: thebeardedbowlmaker

Things Made by Patch, Patricia and Nicole Winfield

A conglomerate of items both useful and decorative. Search us out for handbell-themed jewellery, dragons, and 4-in-hand travel bags. We are excited to see you there!

Silent Auction

It’s About Time to think of the Festival Silent Auction. 

We are looking for items for this year’s Festival Silent Auction.  Consider donating a craft, gift card or gift basket from you or your choir.  Contact Gail Bowes at  if you wish to donate, or have questions to be answered. 

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