April Newsletter

What’s New in Luray!

The redbuds lining Hwy 340 are bursting into bloom, and that means Spring has definitely arrived! With the changing season comes our expanded Spring hours.

We are now open Wednesday through Sunday.  We will also be open ALL next week (but closed Easter Sunday), for those who are on Spring Break and want to take a drive in the country.

Luray is getting it’s own micro brewery! Coming in May, Hawksbill Brewery will open. Check out their Facebook page for updates and a sneak peek at their progress.

Luray’s annual Festival of Spring is on Saturday, May 13, the day before Mother’s Day. We close off Main Street for downtown Luray’s biggest festival. Fun, food, music, lots of local lore, plus the popular duck race.

Chicken lovers, mark your calendars!
Enjoy an array of tasty poultry dishes at the Chicken Chow Down on Friday, May 19 at the Burner Barn near Luray Caverns (tickets are available at Shenandoah Moon).

New Products

We have some great new products in the shop.  Our newest supplier, Sevya, specializes in beautiful embroidered cotton tunics and crinkle scarves. Parsley & Sage’s spring collection of knit cotton or rayon tunics just came in too.  By the middle of next week, more Firefly jewelry from Guatemala will be here as well.

In Thailand we found great Lanna embroidered purses and shoulder bags, Karen Hill Tribe silver jewelry, wirework beaded jewelry, super-lightweight cotton pants, and silk scarves – we can’t re-order these, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Read on for information about the Fair Trade Federation, and a schedule of classes and events for the next few months. Have a blessed and creative weekend!

Fair Trade Tidbits

Fair Trade has been a buzz word for years, but how much do you really know about it? Did you know that a recent study by the World Bank reported that more than 1 billion people still live on $1.25 a day or less?  Fair Trade is one way to improve the standards of living of some of the poorest citizens of the world.

The roots of Fair Trade go way back to 1946 when Edna Ruth Byler, a Mennonite Central Committee volunteer, marveled at the beautiful lace and handmade work of poor Puerto Rican women. She brought their handiwork to the US and started selling it and returning the proceeds to the villagers. Her work laid the foundation for the first Ten Thousand Villages, which opened in 1958, now the largest Fair Trade retailer in the US.

The Fair Trade movement started in the late 1970’s, when “alternate trade” organizations began holding annual meetings, then evolved into the North American Alternate Trade Organization. In 1994 the name was changed to the Fair Trade Federation.

Fair Trade focuses on supporting businesses that expand markets for artisans and farmers in developing countries. By doing so they aim to ensure good wages, safe working conditions, environmental responsibility, and economic growth.

The nine principles of Fair Trade:

  • Create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers
  • Develop transparent and accountable relationships
  • Build local capacity
  • Promote Fair Trade
  • Pay promptly and fairly
  • Support safe and empowering working conditions
  • Ensure the rights of children
  • Cultivate environmental stewardship
  • Respect cultural identity

Receiving Fair Trade certification is lengthy and rigorous, with an annual renewal process. Only about 2/3 of applicants earn FT certification. There are 260 organizations in the US that are currently accredited: for more information, go to www.fairtradefederation.org. The global network of groups, (World Fair Trade Organization) operates in 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America/Pacific Rim.

Shenandoah Moon is proud to carry a variety of certified Fair Trade items – jewelry, clothing, accessories and gifts – including our newest cotton clothing vendor Sevya, Unique Batik, Global Crafts, Silk Road Treasures, and African Market Baskets.

Classes & Events

Wednesday, April 12
FREE demo all day on how to make foolproof stencils for your blue jeans.

Thursday, April 13
Flutterby Earrings, 2pm
$25 includes all supplies
By popular request! Now you can make your own pair of gorgeous, colorful Flutterby earrings.

Friday, April 14
OPEN sock or scarf dyeing!
Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm
Learn the basics of using permanent cold water dyes.
Special price $8/$12$16 for baby/youth/adult socks;  $25/silk scarf.

Saturday, April 22
FREE demo from 11 am-1 pm on recycled objects (to celebrate Earth Day)
FREE Essential Oil Class,1-3 pm,
Free bottle of oil for new attendees.

Thursday, April 27
Beaded Wrap Bracelet, 2-4 pm
$15 plus supplies
Learn how to make a trendy beaded wrap bracelet with waxed linen and your choice of beads.

Saturday, May 
Wire Rings, 10 am-noon
$25 all supplies included
Learn how to make two different styles of wire rings..

Saturday, May 13
Luray’s Festival of Spring! ALL Day! All of Main Street!

Friday, May 19
LDI’s Chicken Chowdown Fundraiser, 7 pm
$20 for dinner & 2 drinks
Burner Barn at Luray Caverns, tickets available at Shenandoah Moon.

Sunday, May 21
Wire Work Essentials, 12 noon-2:30 pm
$25 includes all supplies
Expand your jewelry-making skills as you create eye pins, paddle pins,coil beads, jump rings, french earwires, spirals, bead cages, and more.