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Faire Off the Square benefits Community Free Clinic of Washington County

June 29, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com
  • Eloise Plank knits a prayer shawl Saturday while waiting for customers at Faire off the Square at North Potomac Street parking lot.
By Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer

The Community Free Clinic of Washington County was the beneficiary of Saturday’s Faire Off the Square, a monthly market held in downtown Hagerstown.

Faire Off the Square was created by the Downtown Alliance last year, and proceeds from the event benefit a local nonprofit organization every month.

Robin Roberson, executive director of the Community Free Clinic, said the money raised from Saturday’s event will be used for patient care.

“We provide patients with primary care and specialty care. We also do their blood work and their prescription medication,” Roberson said. “This will go directly to patient care. Events like this keep our doors open.”

Gaela Shoop, market and events assistant for the city of Hagerstown, said the goal of the market is to partner with local organizations that serve the community.

Shoop said “we typically aim to attract 175 to 250 people” for the event.

Saturday’s market attracted 13 vendors.

Eloise Plank, who was selling prayer shawls, fashion scarves and necklaces at a booth, said she thought the market would be a good way to display her wares to the public.

Another booth at the event Saturday displayed doll clothes and accessories.

Tammy Giberson, the owner of the business, said she recently started selling dog accessories.

“Dog people are very loyal to their animals,” Giberson said.

Giberson hoped she would get more customers as the day went by.

Robert Smith Jr. said he was in the area, and decided to stop and check out the market.

Smith wasn’t sure if he was going to buy anything.

“I don’t know yet. I’m looking,” Smith said. “I might see something I want.”

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