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Featuring unique vendors and taking place at the Hampton History Museum, the Hampton Holiday Market features arts and traditional crafts, demonstrations, fresh-baked goods, food trucks, beer and wine garden, entertainment, heirloom holiday ornament making, face painting, train displays, retro toys, indoor and outdoor games, gallery tours, free food samples from Lidl, and much more on Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Hampton History Museum is free all day, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Snap free “Selfies with Santa” at the Hampton Carousel 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The 150 children to visit with Santa receive a free gift. This is the same day at the Holly Days Parade starting at 7:00 p.m. Event sponsor: JES Foundation Repair.
The Hampton Holiday Market features an array of vendors offering homemade and locally sourced items including: Abstract Amber, handmade knitwear; Al's Visuals, original oil paintings; Amazingly Focused, photography; The Bee's Knees, body scrubs, lotions, butters, oils; Blythe Jewels, jewelry; Earthy Child, crochet toys and accessories; Homemade Goodies by Sylvette, baked goods; Impress Inspire Repeat, jewelry and accessories; Jetty Gems, jewelry and photography; Kay's Photography & Prints, photography and digital art; Kella's Baked Goods, savory baked goods made with seasonal fruits and vegetables; Level Up Art, jewelry, stone and ethnic art; Linda's Homemade Goat Milk Soap & Homemade Pasta, goat milk soap and homemade pasta; Mosaics by Patsy, mosaic tiled pieces; My Salty Creations, hand-painted wineglasses, mugs, ornaments; Oberweis Dairy, dairy; Peninsula Piecemakers Quilt Guild, displays and quilt activity; Poppy's Wood Working, wooden crafts and décor; Rita's Jewelry Box, jewelry sets; Ruby Belle Adornments, reimagined and repurposed jewelry, buttons and glass; Temalle Ltd, handmade straw baskets, Tie Alive Tie Dye, tie-dyed clothing; Tied in Knots, crocheted wearables, stress balls and décor; U Rock Art, jewelry and gemstones; Vivacious Elements, handmade kitchenware; Which Crafty Woman, jewelry; Winey and Whimsey, holiday wine bottle vases and glasses; Wooden It Be Nice, wooden signs & décor, and more.
Entertainment will be featured throughout the day including traditional Christmas music from New Sound Alliance; classic holiday songs and folk music from Narissa Bond, “Grunge-grass” takes on holiday favorites, original tunes and audience participation with Tornado Bait, original holiday pop from The Fruitcakes, and modern folk from Gratiot Lake Road.
10:30 am-11:30am New Sound Alliance
11:30 am-12:30 pm Narissa Bond
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Tornado Bait
1:30 pm-2:30 pm The Fruitcakes
2:30 pm-3:30 pm Gratiot Lake Road
Beer and Wine Garden
New this year is a beer and wine garden in the museum’s garden courtyard. Museum volunteers will serve up a selection of beer and wine for purchase. Proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programs.
Heirloom Ornament Making
Visitors can make new memories creating different types of heirloom ornaments that family and friends will cherish for years to come, such as Painted Oyster Shell Ornaments and Tin-Punch Plate Ornaments.
A train display created by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club will dominate the museum’s Great Hall. This nostalgic display features several N-scale trains running simultaneously through city, farm, countryside and other interesting scenes. In addition, railroad enthusiast Dave Shuster is bringing a large layout of the Polar Express, complete with Santa’s Village, along with an O-gauge scenic display, a motorized train that kids can ride, and toy wooden trains to play with.
Artists from Smile My Party will offer free face painting courtesy of the Hampton History Museum from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and at the Hampton Carousel from 1-4 pm during Selfies with Santa taking place from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Children can try their hand at games, and play with reproductions of vintage toys that would have been familiar to parents and grandparents, including Rock’em Sock’em Robots, Twister, Spirograph, “Pop-o-Matic” Trouble, Bozo the Clown 3-D Bob Bag, along with the ever-popular LEGOs.
Visitors can play cornhole, as well as large-scale versions classic games such as checkers, Jenga, tic tac toe, and Connect Four.
Food trucks will be stationed outside of the museum including Soups Plus and Mediterranean Appetite.
Event sponsor: JES Foundation Repair
Selfies with Santa at the Hampton Carousel
Saturday, December 9, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm
Festively decorated for the season, the historic Hampton Carousel welcomes youngsters of all ages to share their holiday wishes and snap “Selfies with Santa.” A second face painting station will be set up at the carousel (1-4 pm). Admission to the carousel, “Selfies with Santa” and face painting are free. Tickets to ride the carousel are $1.00.
Free Museum Admission
Visitors can tour over 400 years of the city’s past, from Native American habitation to the 20th Century in the Hampton History Galleries, along with the special exhibit “When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers” that tells the story behind the hit film and best-selling book “Hidden Figures.” On the second floor of the museum, “Give Me Liberty: Fugitive Slaves and the Long Revolution Against Slavery,” traces the lives of over 30 Hampton slaves who joined forces with opposing forces to gain freedom during times of conflict.
The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102.
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