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Hippie crafts fair celebrates 47 years in Borderland

Hippie crafts fair celebrates 47 years in Borderland

It's starting to look at lot like the '60s at the Hal Marcus Gallery in Sunset Heights. It's all part of an upcoming arts and crafts fair called the Happy Hippie Open House.

"We have 20 different vendors. They are all local," said Marcus. "Some of the vendors have been doing this for 47 years. It's free. It's open to the public. There's free food. There's entertainment all day long."

Marcus said the crafts fair tradition started decades ago when he was a young, struggling artist.

"Back in 1970, I was 19 years old, I had a little apartment here in Sunset Heights. So my wife and I at that time opened up our apartment right before Hanukkah, right before the holidays and just started selling whatever it is we made. Purses, artwork, calendars, jewelry."

This weekend, artists and musicians will come together for two days of peace and love and shopping, of course.

"We're expecting four or five hundred people to come through here within those two days."

Hal and his wife Patricia Medici say it's all about keeping it local.

"It is a weekend of non-stop fun. you can get up and dance around and wear your love beads and get your inner hippie going," said Medici.

"And it's not corporate," said Marcus. "It's not going to the mall. You can stay here all day long if you want. And it's good for the grandma and for the kids."

The Happy Hippie Holidaze Arts and Crafts Fair is happening Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm at the Hal Marcus Gallery at 1308 N. Oregon, El Paso.

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