Annie Van der Burgh from Whispered Secrets in Albany Village recently ran another special Saturday market in the Village Square, despite the threat of heavy rain! Luckily there were only a few short showers which didn’t prevent the event being a success. The idea is to bring back the successful markets which used to be run in the square by the Albany Village Charitable Arts Trust (AVCAT).
There were many of Annie’s friends’ stalls in the square and in the Massey University’s rooms which were let to her without a fee. With parking normally so difficult in the village (our new city council is looking to solve this problem for us) it was great the University’s parking was available and open to the general public for free use for the day. Local car dealers also offered free parking in their yard beside Kell Park in the lane which leads down to Adrien Jennings’ Art Gallery.
Inside were stalls for Tarot and Rune readings, Crystal Energy Healing, Reiki, Yoga and massage, while outside were stalls selling jams and preserves, sweets, jewellery, clothing, art work and even cunningly designed handmade Jandals.
Visiting children were catered for with expert face painting by Jeanette and Henna decorating on hands by Bhavna. All accompanied by a busking musician.
The day was such a success it will be repeated in the New Year on the Saturdays, January 21, February 18 and March 17.The day opens from 10am
though stall holders will have to set up earlier. More fruit and vegetable stalls plus art work will be included as the market expands through good
promotion and word of mouth.
Here’s a good chance for people to get together to take a stall to sell their spare fruit, vegetables and other produce – or even a group from our
local school. People interested in joining this public venture in the future should contact Annie Vanderburgh at her Whispered Secrets rooms at 247 State Highway 17, Albany Village.
Words and pictures by Howard Williams
Albany Village Charitable Arts Trust (AVCAT)