East End Main Street officials hope to cap off the first season of a new bazaar with a Christmas gala.
The first East End Christmas Bazaar will be at the facility on the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The event will feature the most vendors ever to set up at the bazaar during a single day, said Ned Savage, an AmeriCorps volunteer and market manager.
The bazaar is made up of 10 booths that were filled on Saturdays through the fall.
During the Christmas event, 18 vendors - including those selling food - will set up.
"We're going to have all sorts of stuff at the bazaar," Savage said.
Vendors will sell everything from tie-dye T-shirts to artisan dog treats, he added. Handmade hats, jewelry and even pottery will be on hand for those looking for that perfect Christmas gift, Savage said. One local artisan will conduct wreath-making workshops.
"There will be a wide range of things there that will be great for Christmas gifts," he said.
The bazaar opened in September and operated on six Saturdays this fall.
East End Main Street board members opted to reopen the bazaar for the one-day event because so much effort and time had been put into building the venue, Savage said.
"We spent so much time and energy to fill this space, we decided we wanted to use it more," he said. "So we came up with the idea of holding a Christmas bazaar."
The bazaar was opened to give local artisans a chance to display and sell their wares. So, Savage noted, what better time to do so than the shopping season?
East End Main Street Executive Director Ric Cavender agreed that the Christmas season gave the organization another opportunity to showcase the power and appeal of the open-air market and bazaar.