Victoria's Sunday Market in the Square
Guest post by local A-Life Blogger Holly Rose
Wandering through the market in Centennial Square, I find myself enchanted. White artist's kiosks populate nearly every nook and cranny of the square, while a guitarist strums and sings on the stage.
The crowd ebbs and flows, some settling in to listen to the performance, others move from stall to stall.
The sheer volume of variety amazes me. Each artist is evident in their work. Hand made felt clothing, beautiful hand-thrown pottery, fresh unpasteurized honey, custom aprons, hand-made jewelry, home-made jams and hand-bound journals line just one side of an aisle I found myself lost in for the better part of an hour.
As my belly begins to growl, the inviting aromas of the market permeate my senses. I am led by my nose to the stall of a merchant offering fresh kettle corn and waffles, like a little mouse whose ears are full of the Pied Piper's song. Others nearby sample snow cones, raw food, pastries and hot dogs.
There is something entirely charming about being able to stuff a little money into my pocket, and bring home local artisan treasures, often meeting the artist in the process. In a world where we are so frequently removed from the manufacturing process, it is refreshing to meet the people who make the things I cherish.
It is a great way to spend a Sunday and it imbues added meaning onto the treasures that find me there. Kids dance in front of the stage, faces painted like lions and tigers and butterflies.
I didn't know exactly what to expect when I planned to visit the weekly Sunday Market, but I am pleasantly surprised by the variety of work and by the warmth of those hosting and attending .
The Sunday Market in the Square is held each Sunday and holiday Monday in the summer from 11am - 4:30 pm.