Our Friend Faris

In February 2018, the chamber and the community lost a very active member, Faris Ashkar of Artistic Designs. A woodworker who designed everything from delicate earrings to furniture to fully customized kitchen/cabinet installations, Ashkar had looked forward to helping launch the event. To honor his memory and talent, the Chamber renamed the event to “Crafts & Ale: The Faris A. Ashkar Memorial Craft Event.”

A talented woodworker by trade, Ashkar was an active community member who would “light up any room he walked into,” according to multiple chamber members who knew him. Ashkar’s family is working with the Chamber to have a display of his work at the event. A portion of the proceeds and any donations at the gate will benefit a scholarship for a local art student in his honor.

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