‘Ev­ery­thing you could imag­ine’

Mid­dle­ton’s Mac­don­ald Mu­seum Mar­ket a big hit on open­ing day


Jan­ice Slauen­white wanted good weather, lots of ven­dors, and big crowds for the first day of the new Mid­dle­ton out­door mar­ket at Mac­don­ald Mu­seum May 31.

She got all three and rave re­views for the new mu­seum-hosted ven­ture that runs Thurs­days from 4 to 7 p.m. at 21 School St.

“Day 1 was bet­ter than ex­pected, all we hoped for – and peo­ple came,” said the mu­seum di­rec­tor. Crowds of shop­pers pe­rused the mu­seum’s shady front lawn with the fi­nal count on the clicker be­ing 774 peo­ple. Six hun­dred had vis­ited in the first hour.

“We have pretty much ev­ery­thing you could imag­ine,” she said. “We have eggs, we have meat, we have pro­duce, bedding plants, – some­body had cat grass. We have dog and cat treats, dog beds, we have games made from re­claimed marine de­bris, we have maple syrup, all kinds of re­ally good home bak­ing, paint­ings, beau­ti­ful knit­ting, al­paca wool, sheep’s wool, sewing, doll clothes, gluten-free bak­ing, jew­elry, freeze-dried fruit.”

The list goes on with 36 ven­dors at the Mac­don­ald Mu­seum Mar­ket all told on open­ing day with lots more in the wings for fu­ture mar­kets in­clud­ing Sis­si­boo Cof­fee and D’aubin’s Sausages. Cur­rently on paper there are 44 ven­dors. Val­ley Flax Flour will be join­ing the mar­ket in­ter­mit­tently, Slauen­white said.

“We do have space for a few more ven­dors,” she said, “so if any­body is in­ter­ested it’s only $5 a week for a space. At this point you re­ally need to be able to bring your own ta­ble. We’ve run out of ta­bles. And if you have a canopy, that’s great. We can make room for you.”

There was a fes­tive at­mos­phere at the in­au­gu­ral event, with young and old alike tak­ing part. One young vender was sell­ing home­made soft drinks by the glass. There was art made from beer bot­tle caps. Hemp oil. Seed and Scare­crow Farm was there from Belleisle, and Hang Ups Clothes­pins from Cam­bridge Sta­tion in the other di­rec­tion.

And there was mu­sic and song. “En­ter­tain­ment was amaz­ing,” Slauen­white said. “It was Bob De­veau. He’s well known through the Val­ley and he’s done a great job. Our en­ter­tain­ers are vol­un­teer­ing their time, so we re­ally, re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated Bob com­ing down – and he even did bal­loon an­i­mals for some of the kids. He’s been just singing his heart out.”

The en­ter­tainer for the up­com­ing Mac­don­ald Mu­seum Mar­ket on June 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. is Mark Clarke from the New Mi­nas area. He’s been a pop­u­lar reg­u­lar per­former at many mar­kets through­out the Val­ley.

Phone: 902-825-6116

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