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Find your family at the Tasmanian Craft Fair

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Photo by Mike Moores  Josh and Ashley Porter with Ella, Arlo and Abby, all dressed up. Tara Badcock generously assisted with the loan of costumes courtesy of Deloraine Dramatic Society.

Photo by Mike Moores

Josh and Ashley Porter with Ella, Arlo and Abby, all dressed up. Tara Badcock generously assisted with the loan of costumes courtesy of Deloraine Dramatic Society.

A NEW York Times columnist once reported, ‘If you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones. That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.’ (Bruce Feiler, 15 March 2013).

This year’s Tasmanian Craft Fair will include a new exhibit to help people do just that.

Hosted by the international genealogy non-profit organisation FamilySearch, the exhibit will include free one-on-one help to enable visitors to start or grow their family tree.

Simple and innovative online tools, tips and displays will enable interested family historians to share their family stories in fun and engaging ways.

The official opening on Saturday at 2pm will feature a 40-minute cultural presentation from the Tongan Youth Dance Group of Tasmania.

In addition to the daytime activities, visitors are also welcome to enjoy family movies on the big screen on Friday and Saturday at 6pm.

On Sunday at 6pm, Child Safety Services will deliver a special presentation on how you can offer hope and healing to families in our own community through foster care.

Gallery 1 is located at the FamilySearch Centre at 153 Emu Bay Road and will be open every day of the Craft Fair. Take the bus or park onsite. All activities are free of charge and suitable for people of all ages.

Guests can also access fresh drinking water, clean toilets, indoor and outdoor seating, and a large outdoor fenced area which is great for picnics!

For more information 0n the weekend’s activities, contact Liz Walker on 0428 072 010.