MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville Main Street invites the community to complete its shopping list at the Holiday Pop-Up Bazaar during the December First Friday event, featuring various vintage, handmade and unique seasonal merchandise.
The festive event is slated from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Joiner’s Market building in downtown Milledgeville.
“The bazaar and the downtown businesses will be a great place to finish Christmas shopping,” said Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville Main Street. “This is our first time doing something like this. We wanted to do something relative and appropriate for the holidays, so the idea of having a bazaar is a great way to shop for holiday items. We’re just very excited about it.”
Around 22 creative vendors are slated to be on site, including Vary Vintage Vignettes, Southern Bounty, Pink Pig Sauces, Jams & Jellies, Compassionate Crafts, Nanas’ Buttons ‘n Bows, Two Sisters, The Crazy Dog Studio, Sassy Scentz, Georgia’s Old Capital Museum, The Shabby Chick, Oconee River Greenway Foundation, The Sassy Gal, Hollywood Elegance, Leah Holland Designs and more.
A range of goods will be available for shoppers to purchase, including vintage goods, unique and handmade jewelry, framed art, barbecue sauce, jams and jellies, handmade signs, ornaments, wreaths, hair bows, body scrubs, lotions, scarves and gloves.
Locals can also enjoy facepainting, drinks and a photo opportunity with Georgia College actors from The Nutcracker in a custom photo booth created by Fields Photography & Framing.
Lake Country Gymnastics will perform and The Vibe Dance Center will provide information on the upcoming show “The Grinch” while some will dress up as characters from “Whos from Whoville.”
The Chard Wray Food Pantry will also be on site collecting canned goods and monetary donations to help feed individuals in need. The group will be set up outside of The Lemon Tree from 6 to 8 p.m.
Other events kicking off the holiday season this week include:
• 55th Annual Mayor’s Motorcade: A parade will commence at 12:30 p.m. today throughout the Central State Hospital campus, featuring representatives from various businesses, organizations, schools, law enforcement and individuals from across the state. A musical performance by CSH staff, individuals and volunteers will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium, and an encore performance at 7 p.m.
• Caroling in the Pecan Grove: The Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority will host caroling and photos with Santa Claus from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today in the Pecan Grove.
• Greene Mile Jingle Bell Jog: The Life Enrichment Center, in partnership with the Oconee River Greenway Foundation, is kicking off the event with a 1 mile Jingle Jog at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Oconee River Greenway followed by a 5K race. Individuals can register for the Jingle Jog for $15. The 5K race is $20 for students and $25 for non-students. Z97 FM will provide music, Santa Claus will take photos and participants have a chance to win various prizes.
• Christmas Parade: Presented by the Exchange Club, the 32nd annual parade is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. Grand marshals will be cancer survivors and individuals currently battling the deadly disease. Nearly 100 entrants will march or be featured on floats, cars, trucks and horses. The route will start on Franklin Street, turn left onto Elbert Street, left onto Hancock Street and then left onto Clarke Street.
For more information about the First Friday event, call the Main Street office at 478-414-4014.
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