Holiday bazaar will continue under port’s direction
Four years ago, the former Quincy Community Center started the tradition of an annual Christmas bazaar for the community. This year, although the building has a new name and a new owner, that holiday tradition will continue.
Nick Parker, Port of Quincy project manager, said the Dec. 5 bazaar at the newly named Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center will follow the general agenda of past bazaars.
“What you are going to see is a lot of collaboration from different community organizations,” Parker said. “We are hoping to keep the tradition going. This is the Port of Quincy’s first foray into hosting the Christmas bazaar. We are hoping to continue the tradition of the community event.”
The 2015 Christmas Bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5. About 32 vendors are expected to attend. The bazaar invites artisans and craft makers from around the Quincy Valley to showcase their talents and products. Products do not have to be Christmas-related.
“This is about local craft persons being able to showcase their wares,” Parker said.
Vendor spaces are $35, tables are $5 (you get three tables per space) and electricity is $5 an outlet. Anyone interested in being a vendor for the event may pick up a vendor registration form at the Port of Quincy, 840 F St. S.W. Office hours for the Port of Quincy are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.
To have a registration form emailed, request one at email@example.com. For more information, call the port at 787-3715.
Registration forms are due the day of the event; however, vendors are asked to have them in before the day of the bazaar.
Parents and children will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will return this year for free photographs with the children. Santa will arrive at about 10 a.m. and stay until 2 p.m.
Food also will be available for purchase. Food vendors also can pick up a registration form at the port office. Food vendors must comply with Grant County Health Department regulations.
Parker hopes the bazaar continues to serve as an event that brings people together.
“The purpose of the project for the Port of Quincy is to contribute to the community,” he said.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor