Vintage Christmas declared a success
Busy four-day event kicks off festive season in Parrsboro
PARRSBORO — Organizers of Parrsboro's first Vintage Christmas Open House event are more than happy with results.
Merchant Faith Rutt, who conceived of the idea to celebrate an “old-fashioned Christmas” over several days, said the event received a wonderful response during the course of its four days on Nov. 13-16.
“It was very nice, especially the Christmas market, where we had 60 people through the door within the first 20 minutes,” she said. “It was just amazing. A lot of the vendors sold out, and said it was the best show they had ever been to.”
The market at St. George's Anglican Church Hall was not the only event that drew a large crowd, as many more took in such highlights as photos with Santa Claus at Sweet Brier Boutique, and the town's annual Christmas tree lighting event on the civic grounds on Friday evening.
Many people traveled to Parrsboro from outside of town during the four-day period, according to Rutt, all with positive feedback.
“One thing totally amazing was the storefronts,” she said. “Just to walk down Main Street and to see all the storefronts was a real sight. One person told me it reminded them of what Parrsboro used to look like.”
Participating businesses were entered in a decorating contest as part of the event, with Mayor Lois Smith serving as judge. Taking first place was Henry and Lucy's, while House of Yorke won second prize.
At the market, Maureen Glennie of River Hebert was the lucky winner of the gift basket full of donated products from local merchants, while Jacqeline Wilson from the Amethyst Boutique won a draw amongst the vendors.
Rutt thanked all who participated, from the Crossroads Co-Op, which donated food trays and hot chocolate, to Ken's Grocery, which donated water and coffee, to all those who came from near and far to take part in the event.
“Everyone is really pleased with how things went,” she said.
Lily Fulton (left) and Mickayla Collins were among the youngsters working on a snowman during Parrsboro's annual Christmas tree lighting event at the civic grounds on Nov. 14.
The first snowfall of the year as well timed, as the ground was a blanket of white for the annual Christmas tree lighting event on Parrsboro's civic grounds on the evening of Friday, Nov. 14.