After a few months of recess during summer, the Market Place vendors returned to Treasure Cay.
In spite of rain falling over the settlement in the early morning of Saturday January 9, a dozen or so vendors from several areas of Abaco dared to affront the weather and set up shop under tents. Soon, however, the weather cleared. A slow but steady flow of browsers and buyers appeared making their participating worth the effort.
Many vendors were returning craft artists who attracted quite a few followers. One of the organizers, Kimberley Roberts with Bahama Dawn, displayed hand decorated pottery, quilts and wood items, complemented by home-made food product. Her Market Place partner/organizer Danette Pinder offered her usual array of home-grown local produce such as avocado, sprouts and more.
In need of a gift for a special occasion, you could find bowls, pestles and other items carved from local woods at the table of wood-turning artist Stephen Albury or jewelry created from various materials at Julie Sawyer’s stand. Laine Snow’s hanging driftwood creations decorated with tiny local air-plants as well as potted Bromeliads and orchids, attracted quite a few buyers. So did Wanda Bethel with her Androsia fabric place mats, pouches for cell-phones, tablets or eye-glasses. Francoise Hedden’s tables offered a flutter of colourful paper butterflies fixed on wood board.
Bracelets and necklaces were created by Melanie Rees by using coins and chains. Straw work and more pottery by Miss. L Moss completed the display of handy-crafts.
A market would not be complete without food, so freshly made conch salad was made while you waited by Da Conch Man and cooked food prepared at the Treasure Cay Resort was offered together with bar drinks.
The next Market Place will be held the first Saturday of February.