About Us

Who is the DHG? The Dartmouth Handcrafters Guild was originally formed as a non-profit group by six craftspeople in 1974. The Guild has grown through the years to over 170 craftspeople. Our Christmas Craft Festival provides an opportunity for craftspeople to market a wide variety of crafts and meet other crafters and discuss ideas and issues in producing their crafts. The major function of the Guild is to produce a Christmas Craft Festival that is held at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. It takes place during the last full weekend of October and is the first major craft show of the season. We take deep pride each year in donating our net proceeds to local charities that have been selected by our members.  Volunteers operate the Guild and meetings are held the third Tuesday of January (AGM), May, June, September, October, & November January is the month for our Annual General Meeting. Meetings are held at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Call for information on our next meeting.   

DHG Gives Back - As stated above the Guild gives a portion of its net proceeds to a chosen charity each year. This is a tradition of which we  are very proud.  Listed below is a list of the various charities we have given to since 2007.  The amount donated is directly reflective of the net proceeds earned in a given year. Charities are invited to write to the guild requesting a donation and the board makes a choice each year based on the applications submitted.  Since 1994 the guild has donated over $208,000 to various charities in Nova Scotia. 





2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
NET PROCEEDS $5,500 $7,000 $7,000 $5,000 $7,000 $7,000 $7,500 $7,000
DISTRIBUTION $4,500        Yac Pac $1,000     Read to Me $4,000  Brunswick St.Mission $4,000  Dartmouth North Boys & Girls Club $4,000  Stetsons & Spurs $4,000  Building Futures Employment Society $6,500 Campbell's Cole Harbour Seniors' Centre $5,000 North Preston Seniors' Club
  $1,000   Parker St. Food Bank $1,000      Feed Nova Scotia $2,000      Elim Place $1,000  Parents & Children Together $2,000   Family SOS $2,000    Family SOS $1,000    Soul's Harbour


Storm Soccer

    $5,000    YWCA Halifax Housing $1,000      Alice House  


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$500  Christmas Hamper   


Soul's Harbour

            $500       Souls Harbour    

DHG Gives Back

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