For the first time, at least in recent years, a Happy Holiday Market will be held at the Lions Club’s Campy Happy Hill Friday.
The market will feature an array of gifts from local crafters including Native American flutes and artwork, jewelry, fresh baked goods, weavers and knitters, Tibetan singing bowls and children's nature blocks and forest folk will be available. Raffles throughout the day will benefit the Lions Club. Halls Farm in Simsbury will also be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations.
To keep kids occupied, the Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping in from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for caroling, Christmas stories and refreshments. Live holiday music will play throughout the day and refreshments will be available for purchase.
The Lions Club isn’t exactly hosting the holiday market, rather, Donna Valliere came up with the idea for the event to draw locals to the beautiful Camp Happy Hill.
“It was asking if they were planning on doing anything for Christmas and they weren’t so I said I would throw a holiday market for them,” Valliere explained.
She became enchanted with the group while visiting Camp Happy Hill for an event, then later learned more about the Lions Club, which she says is a great organization often overlooked in town.
“They’re giving back to the community and they do so much for so many people in different areas,” she said.
Though the Unionville Lions were once active and visible in town, the clubs membership has dwindled as its age has risen, Valliere said. Still, they do a lot of good work and led her to want to get involved.
“Their generosity of time, energy, and dedicated hard work have made significant and hopeful changes for people from every walk and way of life. The Holiday Market has been created to bring public awareness to this wonderful organization and to encourage people of every age to volunteer or become a member,” Valliere said.
And while the holiday market has the makings of a popular event, she’s hoping to gain members for the club, not so much money. Raffles held throughout the day will benefit the club, though and donations of bottles and cans will be accepted.
Apart from that, admission is free and the event last from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Camp Happy Hill, 87 West Avon Road, Unionville.