Plenty of crafts at the annual market
This October the fifth annual Under the Mountain Arts and Crafts Fete will take place.
The market, which is organised by the St Mary’s Diocesan School PTA, will take place on the Saturday of Labour Weekend.
With 70 stalls already registered the organisers are confident they will have 100 quality arts, crafts and food stalls on the day, says PTA chair Julie Larcom.
Of the stalls already registered, just under 30 are new stalls, meaning shoppers will find plenty of new handmade arts and crafts on offer, alongside the regular stalls, some of which are returning for the fifth year.
Each year, the PTA sponsor a community group for the market, and this year it’s TEAM HOPE. They are being given a stall at the market, with the usual stall holder fees waived so they can promote their work and raise some funds.
One of the things TEAM HOPE will have at the market is a range of beautiful Christmas decorations made from plywood. These can be personalised and are sure to be popular, says Julie.
As well as the range of food trucks on site, St Mary’s will have their legendary food stall running on the day. Named Cafe PTA, this year it will be operating from the school’s dining room and will be offering what Julie describes as “a few surprises” on the menu.
Last year more than 1200 people visited the market, says Julie, all taking advantage of the great music, food, coffee and shopping.
● All stall holder enquiries to the St Mary’s office — 06 765 5333.
Year 9 students Poppy Scarlett (left) of Te Kuiti and Molly Yarrall of Eltham.