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Merry Market opens today

Just a reminder, starting today you can shop for unique holiday gifts AND help area children.

The Fredericksburg Area Service League will hold its annual Merry Market, a popular boutique craft fair, today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the University of Mary Washington’s Jepson Center in Fredericksburg. The fair will feature one-of-a-kind creations, including jewelry, soap, artwork, pottery and clothes.

Admission is $4 at the door; children under 12 are free. Proceeds will benefit an area organization helping children in need.