Back for a fourth winter, starting Saturday, Jan. 27, is the Antigonish Winter Market.
The market, organized by Jolene Chisholm and Sandra Swinkels, will be opened in a new location this year, as it shifts to the larger and more centrally located 75 St. Ninian Street; the former National Philatelic Centre and soon to be home of the Antigonish Canadian Association for Community Living and Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59.
“We’re excited about that because it’s a bigger space, more parking, more foot traffic likely to go by, and traffic driving by … it’s right there,” Chisholm said, talking to the Casket Dec. 18.
Chisholm said interest from vendors is high with more than 60 expressing a desire to be part of the market. She anticipates they’ll be able to accommodate about 50 per week, noting they’ll have a better idea once construction work in the building is finished.
“They were doing construction the last time we were in there, so we just want to get in there and know, exactly, the square footage; how much space we’ll have without crowding it too much,” she said.
“But a lot of those people [vendors], because of work schedules, can only go every second week anyways, so we’ll balance them off.
“We’ll have baked goods, jewelry, wooden toys, natural care products, stained-glass, honey … and we have a lot of new vendors who are interested,” she added, noting the market is for vendors of homemade and locally sourced items.
On-site food vendors will be a weekly attraction and the bigger space at the location will allow for a comfortable sitting area while a customer enjoys his or her food.
They will also be able to do so while listening to live music; the new space will accommodate a weekly entertainer as well.
“The live music is all booked,” Chisholm said. “And we have a community table back this year. We couldn’t have those last year because of space, down at the former Prissy Pig, there wasn’t room for it. We’re glad we’re getting that back.”
The Winter Market will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and run until the end of April.
For additional information, including contact information for Chisholm, from Jolene Chisholm Photography, or Swinkels, from Swinkels Bee Products, visit the market’s Facebook page.