Gore Bay Christmas market packs them in

2 Blue Girlz models displayed their newest fashions at the Gore Bay Christmas market this past Saturday. In photo, left to right, is guest model Willow Fogal and 2 Blue Girlz designer April Torkopoulos.

GORE BAY—The Gore Bay Community Hall was filled to the brim with vendors displaying their wares for Christmas gift giving to the large crowd of shoppers who were on hand at the annual Gore Bay Christmas market held this past Saturday.

“As it gets harder to shop for family members this is the place to come,” stated Brian Bell. “There is such a great variety of items to choose from and it’s great to support the great vendors and artisans at an event like this.”

Ashley Whyte, who along with her husband Dylon have been the organizers of the market the past four years, told the Recorder,  “there are 20 vendors here today. And there is a great crowd on hand, we couldn’t stop people from coming in at 9:50 am (the market was scheduled to open at 10 am). There were lots of early birds which is great.”

Vendors provided all kinds of items to shop for, from baking, arts and crafts, books, chocolate, knitting, photography, cards, spices, leather goods, prints and clothes, knick knacks, and much much more.

“2 Blue Girlz are modeling fashions from their Tweeny Project and this has gone well, everyone seems to be enjoying this,” said Ms. Whyte.

A loonie table was set up with $1 for 10 tickets on door prizes provided by the vendors, with proceeds going to 2 Blue Girlz (non-profit program for young girls aged 9-14). Ms. Whyte noted, “this turned out great, we raised a total of $262 for 2 Blue Girlz.”

When people purchased tickets at the loonie table they then put their tickets in jars for prizes provided by the vendors. First choice went to Ardiss Fenske, followed by Sharon Wabonosse, Heather Nodecker, Annie Porter, Denise White, Leanne Hayward, Lisa M., Joyce Lamb, Barb Rayner, Randy Thibault, Jeanette Mercer, Gloria MacDonald, Rosanne, Pam Fogal, Susan Garlock, Linda Willson, and Chris McCartney.

Lunch was provided in the basement of the community hall, a chili  luncheon put on by Liips.