JWOF “Ole Tyme Gran Market” returns in grand style

Sometimes, despite the glitz of high tech shopping, there’s nothing better than the old school way – strolling through stalls on a sunny day, chatting with talents craftsmen about truly unique handmade products.

The Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) certainly think so, launching their second annual “Ole Tyme Jamaican Gran Market” on Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Christway Baptist Church in Miramar.

The event is inspired by the traditional “Gran’ Market” of the Caribbean, when arts and crafts fairs provide shoppers with unique items for the holiday season. South Florida’s own Gran Market is perfectly timed just after the craziness of Black Friday, where shoppers can take their time looking for that special gift.

The event has again attracted vendors from Jamaica, as well as local vendors, ranging from art and craft, original art pieces, jewelry, cosmetics, leather goods, gourmet food items, baked goods, and a farmer’s market with a variety of home grown produce.

The day’s activities also feature local artistes. These special acts include international percussionist and drummer Willy Stewart and new singing trio sisters 3B4Joy, the Tallawah Mento Band, Jamaica Folk Revue and local dub poet Malachi Smith.

As is tradition, entertainment for children will also be provided, including old school Jamaican folktales in the Reading Corner, featuring special guests such as Jamaica’s Consul General Franz Hall, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, Jamaican author Roberto Marley, and playwright Easton Lee. A Kiddies’ Corner will also feature a Bounce House and a variety of games. And Gran Market is never the same without Santa Claus, who will close the festivities delighting the children with a selection of toys.

Proceeds will benefit the JWOF annual renewable Scholarship program “Powerful Women….Next Generation.” Three neighborhood families will also receive a $100 gift certificate, just in time for Thankgiving.

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