A new event in Ladner will brighten up some of those dark winter nights while giving the community a chance to connect.
Tracy Douglas and Jennifer Smith have started the Ladner Night Market, which takes place Friday and Saturday nights at the Odd Fellows Hall (5425 Ladner Trunk Rd).
Douglas said she thought about the idea a few years ago… a night market, where people can browse over baking, arts, crafts and used goods that brings the community together and helps newcomers get acquainted with local business.
“What we’re really trying to do is bring the community back and get people to come out and talk to each other, visit and get to know each other,” she said. “We want it to be social. We want people to come and stay awhile. Have some food, have a coffee, visit, meet your friends, meet your neighbours.”
The emphasis is on local goods, produce and art. A liquor licence will allow shoppers to walk around with a warm drink or a hot chocolate and authentic Mexican street tacos will be available.
“We want to support the community by buying local. Buy local, support small businesses, support your neighbour,” Douglas said.
Eventually, they’d also like to get a non-profit group to help them fundraise.
So far, about 25 vendors have signed up including Rock the Boat Sea Food, Camille’s Boutique and Gallery and Full Moon Floral.
Photos of Santa and a kids’ corner also will be set up in the east hall in December.
The night market is scheduled for four Saturday nights, from 6 to 10 p.m., on Nov. 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3. As well, night markets are scheduled for two Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.