Sharon Hoffman (left) and Harry Jennings perform at last year’s Medieval Market.

Sharon Hoffman (left) and Harry Jennings perform at last year’s Medieval Market.

Medieval Market welcomes new vendors

Mark your calendar! The Medieval Market returns to Williams Lake Nov. 21 and 22.

Christy Mayall

Special to the Tribune/Advisor

Mark your calendar!

The Medieval Market returns to Williams Lake Nov. 21 and 22.

The market is a place to find special gifts for special people, replenish your larder with produce from local farms, reconnect with friends, relax and enjoy our talented local musicians, and partake in a delicious lunch from the concession.

There will be 99 vendors with more than a third of them new to the market.

The Medieval Market is organized entirely by volunteers so all profits go to Lake City Secondary students.

Students working throughout the weekend earn money towards basketball, soccer, rugby, leadership, music, and dry grad fees. The Emerging Artist Awards provide two bursaries each for $750, for students in financial need who are pursuing a future in the arts.

Two big purchases in 2014 were a plumbed-in water bottle filling station for the students to encourage water consumption and musical equipment for the guitar class.

Assistance is provided for busing students to Scout Island Nature Centre and teacher volunteers earn money towards extracurricular programs of their choosing.

All wares for sale at the market are handmade by the artisans.

When you purchase something at the market, not only are you buying something unique and beautiful, you also know that your dollars will stay in the community.

Along with returning favourite vendors selling pottery, weaving, jewellery, original art, clothing, books, hand-carved old-fashioned Santas, children’s toys, beeswax products, wreaths and garlands, hats and mitts, quilting, glassware, wood products, felting, musical instruments, photography, hand-tooled leather products, wooden pens, wood carvings, herbal products, furniture, baskets, olive oil products, and draw knives. We are happy to include many new vendors.

These include Kelly-Anne Bernardy’s fabrics, Marilene Bleau of Planet Souvenirs, the Cariboo Piecemakers with their quilted items, Judy Coe’s felting, Bobby Jo Dayman’s home accents, The 108 Sausage Company, Melanie Dydynsky of Family Tree Farms, Laura Entzminger’s Sweet Tree Ventures, Quille Farnham’s fine art, Verna Gainer’s wooden signs and snowmen, Doug Gook’s hoops and honey, Janelle Harder of Big Fire Farm, Hay Meadow Honey from the Hancock Family.

New artisans include Elissa Heser’s wooden signs, Beth Holden’s glass mosaics, Amber Horne’s handmade upcycled bags, Tom Jacobson’s handcarved decoys, Konny Kadenbach’s Cariboo Wool Bedding, Coral Keehn’s original art and prints, Karina Lajoie’s jewellery, Vera Lehar’s Old Country Cottage, Sharon Meyer’s therapeutic magnetics, Coralee Miller’s Handmade Solutions, Gwyneth Nelson’s 10,000 Beads/Second Chance, Brandi Nikolaisen’s papercrafts, Patti Perrault’s sterling silver and gemstone jewellery, Joelle Pitre’s Stitchin’ Funky, Carlie Puckett’s Raven’s Roost Designs, Tony Savile’s woodcarved fairy and hobbit houses, Sharon Sipes’ 3-D paper tole art and crocheted Barbie clothes, and Pat Suter’s wildlife photography.

In a special event for kids of all ages, the Potato House will be pairing with local photographers to offer old fashioned photos with Santa.

Music will feature some long-time favourites and many new performers on two stages.  Musicians include Christine Constabel and Sherry Taylor, Jean Wellburn and Jola Jarecki, Quintet Plus, the Big Lake Quartet, youth fiddlers, Carmen Mutschele, Dena Bauman, Brandon Hoffman, Brent Morton, Troy Forcier, Sharon Hoffman, Harry Jennings, Angie Holdal, guitar students and more.  Special guest returning for the weekend from SFU is Kylie Gill.

A treat for everyone will be Singers in the Round at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The concession features hearty soups and wraps, smokies, treats, and Uncle Paul’s coffee.

Admission is $5 for the weekend or $3 for Sunday only (kids under 12 free).

The Medieval Market is Saturday and Sunday Nov. 21-22 at Lake City Secondary’s Williams Lake Campus.

This year there will be three entrances to the market, two on Carson Drive and one on Comer Street. If you are bringing a stroller, we suggest that you might prefer to shop on Sunday, when it is a little quieter.

So make a day of it. Maybe you’ll win one of the many door prizes donated by the vendors.

Random tickets are marked as door prize winners.

If you receive one of these on your way in, you will be able to select one of the door prizes in the display case.

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