Market Days – a wonderfully eclectic smorgasbord of crafts, cheeses, chickens and cheer. Each Saturday morning from 9 until noon, downtown Columbus is transformed into a colorful farmer’s market. It is a magical event with roving crowds of adventure seekers enjoying the produce, homemade goodies, merchandise and music. It is kid friendly, dog friendly and family friendly.
Thanks to an invitation from the Columbus State University bookstore, I was able to “hold forth” at a book signing this morning in front of the store. It was fun to meet so many people, especially the kids and the chance for more folks to enjoy my books. I also met a new author friend Mowren Bush who has just published a really cute children’s book Little Monkey, illustrated by her sister. Cici the clown stopped by and became my impromptu volunteer publicity director, honking her horn and calling people over to my table. My three hours was up before I knew it and I did really well.
CSU features a different local artist each week. In two weeks (July 16th) my friend Jackie Kennedy, author of Place and Plate, a really great coffee table tourism and cookbook of the Chattahoochee Valley, will be signing her book.
If you have never been to Market Days, or have not been in awhile, you should consider making this a family habit. Where else could you get historic photos of Columbus, Caribbean empanadas, Filipino pork sliders, free-range eggs, wholesome yoghurt, ceramics and pottery, hand-made jewelry, fresh tomatoes? Three of my favorite tables are: Bobby Jones ceramics – beautiful ceramic coasters, trivets, mugs and prints of local landmarks; The Cake Lady – luscious cookies, cakes and other scrumptious baked goodies; and Curly Kitty knit hats handmade by Lucy Hellein.
Uptown Columbus, the “chamber of commerce” for the downtown area, sponsors Market Days. President Richard Bishop, ably assisted by Becca Zajac, create and manage many, many events for the enjoyment of our citizens.