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Sunday, May 5, 2013

All Day Arranging the World

Saturday, I went to a morning meeting about getting the Community Market/the Saturday Market organized for this summer.  And then I went to an afternoon meeting to find out what the P.R. Conservation Society is doing with respect to the soon-to-be-named-something-else P.R. Beach Club.  And then I spent the later afternoon at a photo/quilt exhibit reception at the Blue Heron.  Hardly time to be getting the dishes done in such a day.

The Saturday Market is going to begin this summer on June 21 (10-2) in the parking lot between the Community Center and the Julius Firehall and continue every Saturday until and including 31 August.  That is going to be a big challenge.  The problem is not ensuring that there are customers but ensuring that there are enough vendors.  And ideally making sure that some vendors are regularly selling produce.  Whether that can be achieved this year is really a question.  So, if you are a potential vendor, try really hard to think about how to become an actual vendor.

Also, if you have some kind of activity/educational work that you could bring at least some Saturdays, it might be very helpful to your project and to the market.  Maybe you don't want to sell anything.  But maybe you want to talk to people about something.  You want to interview people or to engage them to participate in some project you're doing?  There are lots of people each Saturday who come by the market.  You want to educate people about something.  For example, noxious weeds are all over the place in Point Roberts.  People could use some help in knowing how to identify them and how to get rid of them (and maybe they need to understand why we ought to be getting rid of them).  Maybe the Garden Club or the Conservation Society could take that up.  The Fire Department could doubtless provide us with education about lots of things that they do and we don't know about.  PREP can surely use the opportunity to talk with local full and part-time residents.  I was there every Market Day last year talking to people about fundraising for the new library.  I met a lot of people, had a lot of pleasant conversations, raised some money, and definitely raised awareness of our project.  But you can't achieve that awareness if you're not there regularly.

Flea market tables are okay, as well as local arts and crafts.  Vendors pay a $5 fee, but charitable folks don't have to pay a fee.  Further information about the market will doubtless be forthcoming on Point-Interface, but now is the time to start thinking about participating in it.  Have questions?  Email to saturdaymorningmarket@gmail.com

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