|Posted on 4 December, 2018 at 18:20|
Last Saturday I participated for the first time in the Unique Christmas Market held in the little town of Clarksburg near to my house in Meaford. I didn't get to Meaford until the wee hours of the morning....5am to be exact...and had a meagre two hours of sleep before my alarm went off. The venue where the show was held was a place called The Marsh Street Centre and was available at 8:30 for set up. The show opened at 10 and was packed with shoppers partly due to a clever idea that the organisers came up with called The Cookie Bar. Part of the admission fee for this show was the donation of home baked cookies by the participating vendors, which are sold by the pound with the proceeds going to the upkeep of the Centre. I was really surprised by the response to this. There were so many delicious varieties and people lined up and could choose which ones they wanted then the volunteers working the table weighed them and packed them up. The show itself was very enjoyable, seeing familiar faces that I've met over the years in various shows as well as meeting new friends. I sold a new piece, a small painting of northern lights (that I also had a Christmas card made from) to a very agreeable young man who was very enthusiastic about my work. Always a huge boost. I must also add that the support given by the organisers was tremendous, from the offer to look after vendors' tables if a break was needed, to the homemade muffins and coffee offered in the morning to us all. There was a delicious catered lunch for us as well, for a very reasonable fee. A most enjoyable day.
The enjoyment continued post-show, as the annual Meaford merchants window unveiling and Santa Claus parade was that evening. Although I was pretty well done in after not much sleep I still managed to summon the energy to walk up to the town, clutching my wobbly hot chocolate. It was bitterly cold walking past the open water but I had dressed for the occasion and of course the "wobbly" in my hot chocolate helped a great deal. As always I enjoyed the evening, there's nothing like Christmas in a small town, and Meaford never disappoints. The shops stay open and most offer treats, cider or hot chocolate so you can replenish your cup. An added bonus was that I was able to do a bit of Christmas shopping as well.
For me, a great start to the holiday season. I'm a little behind with my personal preparations though. I've not baked anything except the donation I made for the Marsh Street Centre, which was shortbread, a favourite of mine. I've got another show next weekend and sfter that I've got to get busy.
Have a blessed week.