Those looking for last-minute Christmas shopping in a seasonal festival setting may find their needs satisfied Dec. 5 at the Market of Curiosities.
Like last year, the event will bring a variety of crafts, holiday gift vendors, live performers and food and beverage stands to the Carlisle Ribbon Mill, 320 E. Louther St., Carlisle.
Organized by Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb Vintage Clothing, the event will follow up a successful 2014 debut that saw unexpected levels of community attendance.
“We were really surprised by the level of interest last year,” said Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb co-owner and co-producer Sarah Tabi. “We were not expecting the number of people we got.”
Tabi said that this year, the event aims to accommodate larger crowds by adding more vendors and musical acts, as well making changes to the event’s schedule.
“We extended our hours from 12 to 8 in hopes of being able to separate the crowd out a little,” Tabi said.
Also new this year is the “curious kid’s” open mic session, a chance for children 14 years or younger to perform for market-goers. All participants will receive a special gift for performing.
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Other performers will include Carly Clark, Devix, Hot Mess, Shawan and the Wonton, Rivers and Indian Summer Jars.
Contributing breweries will include Big Hill Ciderworks, Leaux Dog Brewing, Market Cross Pub, Molly Pitcher Brewing Company, Wolf Brewing Company, Zeroday Brewing and Alibis Eatery and Spirits. Beer tasting will last from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“We wanted to make (the event) fun for all ages,” Tabi said. “We want to make it more family-friendly early and more adult-friendly later on.”
The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m and will require an entrance fee of $3.
Baby strollers will only be welcome between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. due to narrowing walkways as crowds grow throughout the day.
For more information, visit www.marketofcuriosities.com.