ANTIGONISH, N.S. - It’s back for a fifth year … only in a new location.
The Antigonish Winter Market will start year five Saturday, Jan. 26, and will do so at Pins Bowling Centre at 3072 Post Road.
The market was held at the East Coast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre last season.
“Parking will be good; there is a lot of space out front of the building,” organizer Jolene Chisholm said of the new location, adding it will be “easy to advertise [location] since it’s right off Post Road.”
Chisholm, along with fellow organizer Sandra Swinkels, noted the great support they’re getting from Pins as a reason for the move.
“A big thank you to the owner and staff for allowing us to set-up there,” Chisholm said, adding that it could benefit the business too as people who attend the market might not be familiar with the centre, and this could be their introduction.
There is slight change in the time of the event as well as it drops an hour, going from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as opposed to previous years where it ran until 2 p.m. The ladies noted the change accommodates the bowling, which will not start up until the completion of the market each Saturday.
“They’ll just delay a little bit until we get everything out of there,” Chisholm said, noting as well, they’ll use as much of the centre’s space as needed which, understandably, doesn’t include the actual bowling lanes.
The market will go to April and there are 29 vendors lined up to participate.
Swinkels noted if the first four years are any indication, the market will be busy right off the bat.
“People have gone a full month without a market,” she said, alluding to the local farmers’ market closing for their respective season.
Chisholm said they originally organized the market because there was a recognized desire for a local market, like theirs, for the winter season.
“And it’s a social thing, we want to make that point,” she said with emphasis, as both ladies noted there is the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a snack and beverage, in the midst of checking out the many items available, and there will be music, of some variety, to add to the relaxed environment.
“Baked goods, honey, stain glass art, knitting, crocheting, hair products, photography, artwork, vegetables,” Chisholm noted, listing just some of the items which will be featured and for sale at the market.
Both organizers also pointed out there will be a community table each Saturday to help a local non-profit group bring awareness to their respective cause and do a little fundraising.
“Coastal K9 is the first one,” Swinkels said, referring to the local chapter of the dog rescue society.
For more and the latest on the Antigonish Winter Market, check out the event’s Facebook page.