Holiday Bazaar spreads silliness to the Park City Marriott
The Park Silly Sunday Market’s "Silly Holiday Bazaar — How Bizarre?" has a new home.
The nonprofit organization’s winter festival will be held this year at the Park City Marriott from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13.
The move was necessary because of the event’s evolution and growth, said Executive Director Kate Boyd, during a joint interview with Michelle McDonald, operations director and vendor logistics.
"This will be our fifth annual Holiday Bazaar, but first year at the Park City Marriott," Boyd explained. "We were at Park City High School for two seasons. Then we went to the Yarrow and then the Chateaux.
"We really appreciated the other venues for allowing us to use their space, but we have busted at the seams and are able to navigate the spaces of the Marriott," she said.
"As every one knows it’s hard to find a large, indoor space for this," McDonald added.
There are 90 vendors participating this year, she said.
"That is up from last year, when we had not quite 60," McDonald said.
This year, more than 230 vendors applied for the winter shindig, according to Boyd.
"We try to do a little judge-and-jury to select a diverse group for the market," she said. "We wanted to have a good mix of things. So, we’ll have gourmet food vendors, jewelers, crafters and photographers. We’ll also have soap makers and knitters."
Many of the vendors participate in the summer Silly Market on Main Street, McDonald said.
"There are definitely those who love us that people will recognize, because whenever we want to put on an event, they will raise their hands and want to be there," she said.
One of those is a youth vendor, Max the Pen Peddler.
"Max Clifford is a 14-year-old from Taylorsville who hand carves his pens, and I think this is the first time we’ll have a youth vendor at the Holiday Bazaar," McDonald said. "He did one weekend with us this summer and wanted to come back for the winter."
In addition, the Holiday Bazaar features seasonal crafters whose items may not sell well in the 90-degree heat of July.
"We have a good friend and local gal, Lhotse Foster, who knits hats and sweaters and things like that," McDonald said.
Vendors will not be the only attraction during the bazaar.
"We’ll have free photos with Santa and we’ll have candy canes all ready to go," Boyd said. "We also encourage people to dress up in holiday costumes. Michelle and I already have our costumes picked out for the three days."
Even the staff will be in costume.
"There will be many volunteers as well who will don some elfin attire," McDonald said.
"We want people to have a festive time when they come." Boyd said.
The volunteers are culled from the Treasure Mountain Junior High School’s Leadership Class and from Park City High School.
"Julie Hooker, who teaches the Leadership Class, always hooks us up with some great little elves," Boyd said. "And the Blind Dog restaurant hooks us up with some of their family members as well."
While patrons will find unique and handcrafted holiday gifts for friends and families, the Park Silly Sunday Market organization will also benefit from the bazaar.
"It’s a fundraiser for our summer operations," Boyd said. "As a nonprofit, we don’t do a large auction, nor do we hold large galas. So, ultimately, we’re only making money from the vendors’ flat-rate booth fees and they get all of their sales.
"The Holiday Bazaar really helps because as we continue to grow, we need to make sure we have more facilities for our customers’ comfort during the summer market," she said. "There is a need for more restrooms, and we need more people to engage the public about our recycling."
The money is also used to hire new staff.
"We do rely on our volunteers, but we also need additional staff because there are so many moving parts," Boyd said. "We need to make sure there is security in and around the venue and we also pay the musicians and performers as well."
The idea for the bazaar stemmed from the mind of Park Silly co-founder and CEO, Kimberly Kuehn.
"Over the years, our vendors have asked us to do something during the holiday season," Boyd said. "So, five years ago, Kimberly decided to do one at the high school. We solidified the location for two years and it has continued into what it is today."
Each year more vendors apply.
"We are definitely surprised at how big the Holiday Bazaar has become," Boyd said. "One of the reasons our vendors love this event is because it’s free for the public to come. Last year, we brought in more than 5,000 customers to these vendors."
Boyd and McDonald are happy to work with the Marriott this year.
"It not only helps us, but it helps them, too," Boyd said. "There are many residents who haven’t been there. Plus, there is free parking across the street and in the garage underneath the hotel. Or people can also ride the bus."
The bazaar will be open Friday night from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and all day Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
"The neat thing about the Marriott is that is has an onsite bar and restaurant that will be open for breakfast lunch and dinner," McDonald said. "The restaurant and bar will be located next to Santa, so if the line is long, parents can slip into the bar for a hot toddy."
The Park Silly Sunday Market’s "Silly Holiday Bazaar — How Bizarre?" will be held at the Park City Marriott, 1895 Sidewinder Dr., from Friday, Dec. 11 to Sunday, Dec. 13. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com/winter-bazaar.
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