Raglan’s bustling Creative Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Sunday 13 December with a fun-packed day of games, giveaways and live music.
“With Christmas coming up, the December market is always a huge event,” says market coordinator Jacqueline Anderson. “But since it’s our 10th anniversary we wanted to do something extra special. So we’re throwing a party!”
Alongside the usual inspiring selection of design wares, arts and crafts, fresh produce, deli style foods and gifts, the market will also feature entertainment from jazz band Art Gecko, sack and hula hoop races (for adults and children), stall holder giveaways, birthday cake, a treasure hunt, coconut bowling and a visit from Santa himself.
“Plenty of old-fashioned fun for all the family,” says Jacqueline. “And you can do your Christmas shopping at the same time.”
The Raglan Creative Market was originally established by Nadine Meddings and Kim Garside to showcase local talent and food producers, and the first market was held at the Old School Arts Centre in December 2005.
In 2007, the Raglan Community Arts Council took over the management of the market and from 2009 the event has been fully integrated into the Old School, with Jacqueline Anderson, the Arts Centre Facilitator, overseeing its organisation.
Over the years the market has grown steadily, while still remaining true to its original goal of promoting local makers and producers. Part shopping experience, part social event, the monthly gathering is always hugely popular with locals and tourists alike.
And while many stallholders have come and gone over the years, a few faces from the early days are still present. These include Rick and Liz of Taunga Keruru with their homemade pesto and other tasty treats, Lin Van Craenenbroeck of Moz-Art with her colourful, hand-crafted clothing and Yannis and Monika of Ocean Inlays Jewellery.
The 10th anniversary of the Raglan Creative Market takes place on Sunday 13 December, from 10am to 3pm, with an extra hour of birthday celebrations, at the Old School Arts Centre on Stewart Street. Put the date in your diary and come join in the fun!