With only eight weeks until Christmas, now is the perfect time to check off those one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family members.
Shoppers from all across Northeast Georgia can pick up presents at the 24th annual Marketplace presented by the Medical Center Auxiliary next weekend. The Marketplace will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Gainesville Civic Center, at 830 Green St. NE, in Gainesville.
More than 70 vendors from seven states in the Southeast will help shoppers fulfill their Christmas lists by selling items such as clothing, gourmet food, homemade jewelry and men’s, women’s and children’s accessories. One such vendor is Kathleen Morris of Provence Antiques and Creative Lighting.
Morris sells mostly 19th century English and French antique furniture and small decorative items for the home. She said she travels to France and England twice a year to find “antiques that would make the right kind of furnishings for the home.”
“I heard that (Marketplace) was a great endeavor that the Medical Auxiliary participates in, and I just wanted to come and participate,” she said.
Tickets are $5 per person. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free.
For gift-givers who want a sneak peek at the goods a day early, a preview party will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $50 per person.
The Preview Party will feature silent as well as live auctions throughout the night. Hors d’oeuvres, as well as a cash bar for those 21 and older, will be available.
Tickets to the Preview Party may be purchased at www.nghs.com/tickets. Tickets purchased after Nov. 1 will be available for pick up at the paid table at Preview Party.
All profits from the fundraiser will go to Safe Kids of Gainesville/Hall County, making it the second year the organization has benefited from the Marketplace.
“Safe Kids is a department within the Northeast Georgia Medical Center and is focused on injury prevention in children ages birth to 14,” said Kimberly Martin, coordinator of Safe Kids.
Money donated to Safe Kids Hall County will be used to purchase safety devices such as car seats, smoke detectors, life jackets and home safety equipment like gates and bike helmets.
These items are distributed throughout the year during safety classes offered by Safe Kids or through local events, Martin said.
Safe Kids Hall County will have a booth at this year’s Marketplace with safety information and ways to get involved.
2 Dog restaurant and Honey Baked Ham will serve lunch on Friday and Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
“We are very pleased to have both of the local restaurants participating as merchants,” said Lynne Allen, director of volunteer services at Northeast Georgia Health System.
Complimentary valet parking will be available all three days, and parking shuttle transportation is provided.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 770-219-1830 or visit nghs.com/marketplace.
24th annual Marketplace
When: 6:30–9:30 p.m. preview party Nov. 5; 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville
Cost: $50 preview party; $5 general admission and children 12 and younger free
More info: 770-219-1830 or nghs.com/marketplace