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Holiday Fair Benefiting Skyland Trail

November 04, 2014

Mark your calendars for the Holiday Fair at Skyland Trail on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Join us for this family-friendly event from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at our main campus located at 1903 North Druid Hills Road NE. Come enjoy holiday shopping featuring gifts that give back, including art, plants, jewelry and hand-crafted décor. Bring the family to enjoy fun activities for children, including face painting, inflatables, Happy Tails pet therapy animals and more. Stay for lunch from a variety of Food Trucks, including My Fair Lady Food Truck, Toasted Cheese Food Truck and the Atlanta Ice Cream Truck.

Located in Brookhaven, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults struggling with major depression, bipolar illness, anxiety and schizophrenia. Art, horticulture and musical therapies – called adjunctive therapies – are an important part of the organization’s comprehensive treatment program.

“Skyland Trail’s Holiday Fair is sure to please all shoppers.  Each original piece of art and horticultural craft is made with love,” Shelley Danser, coordinator of the adjunctive therapies remarks. “Our artists have beautiful ways of perfecting their art that others can appreciate and enjoy.  The Holiday Store will be stocked with jewelry, home décor, plants and table decorations, canned jams and spreads, scarves, multimedia art, and tasty treats.”

Artwork from Skyland Trail clients and alumni will be for sale throughout the day. In addition, art vendors in the community, such as The SandArt Cart, will exhibit. The fair is a unique opportunity to cross off some to-dos on you holiday list while supporting an important community organization.

“A long time ago I decided that I would only buy handmade, homemade or art for all my gifts, and it has served me well over the years,” art therapist, Helen Goldberg explains. “To buy something from an independent artist feels good. You are supporting an artist to continue doing something they are passionate about, and to receive a unique piece of someone’s personality and creativity is something you can’t buy at the mall.”

The Holiday Fair is organized by the adjunctive therapy team at Skyland Trail. Adjunctive therapies include horticulture, art, music, recreation and social enrichment. These therapies are acclaimed as breakthroughs in engaging clients in recovery and are led by caring professionals who are experts in their fields. The adjunctive group sessions help clients find new ways to express their thoughts and emotions, learn new skills, build confidence and interact with their peers and the community.

If you want to shop local, support the community and have some fall fun, the Holiday Fair may be for you. Admission to the Holiday Fair is free. For more information on the Holiday Fair, please visit skylandtrail.org/holidayfair.