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Northside Christmas Market Spreads Holiday Magic

Local artisans and holiday shoppers filled Sib’s on the Mountain’s parking lot Sunday for the second annual Northside Christmas Market. Holiday cheer filled the air, along with the chatter of family and friends admiring and supporting some of the island’s local artists.

Tents and tables were set up early Sunday morning for local vendors to display their arts and crafts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local artisans set up in the parking lot of Sib’s on the Mountain. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

The St. Thomas All Stars Steel Orchestra and the “Accordion Man,” Oleik Ledee, volunteered their time and greeted shoppers with music to be enjoyed while perusing the booths.

“Accordion Man” Oleik Ledee sets up to play. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
St. Thomas All Stars Steel Orchestra light up the holiday spirit with the sweet sounds of steel pan. (Michele Weichman photo)
The St. Thomas All Stars Steel Orchestra light up the holiday spirit with the sweet sounds of steel pan. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

Adults, children and even fur babies came out to the Market to enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday cheer.

The McCartney family, Kevin, Jennifer, Wesley, Owen and their dog Maya enjoying the holiday festivities. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

Some local artists featured handmade wreaths and crocheted crafts, while others featured their hand-painted artwork, custom-photographed prints and custom woodwork.

Rosemary Frett and Tammy Amaro of the Crafty Business show their hand-knitted and crocheted pieces and wreaths. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Lorraine Fredericks and Charrissia Benjamin display their handmade Christmas wreaths. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Dominique I Lezama sells one of her works of art to an excited shopper. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Deanna Jeffers of Custom Art by De displays her custom drawings and paintings. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Barbara Young shows her photographed cards and prints. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Stephen and Ruby Goad and Brenda Erdem share a space to show off their handiwork. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

Hand-crafted jewelry and accessories were also available from local vendors, which included the youngest vendor, 10-year-old Xiomarys of Xiomys Bowtie.

Lisa Quetel showcases her hand-crafted jewelry. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Dominique I Lezama and Lisa-Marie Hodge sell artwork and jewelry. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Xiomarys and Maria of Xiomys Boutique show off their handmade accessories. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

Guavaberry liqueur, made from the guavaberry fruit, which only bears fruit one time a year and Coquito, a favorite local holiday drink, were flowing to help wash down local baked goods that were also available for purchase.

The Ledee family ready to share their homemade delicious Guavaberry liqueur. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Colette Berry offers free tastes of her homemade Coquito. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Charlene Krupa-Santos sells her flavorful baked goods. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Kenneth P Querrard displays homemade, organic baked goods. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

A fan favorite at this year’s Northside Christmas Market was the V.I. Children’s Museum tent, which encouraged children to express their creativity by making ornaments and spreading the magic of Christmas by writing letters to Santa.

The V.I. Children’s Museum sets up an ornament-making station. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Children have the opportunity to send their letters to Santa. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

Many locally made self-care items were also available this year.

Gabrielle Querrard of Saje Sanctuary alongside Angelica Carby of Love Farms. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Quishanah Jimenez of La’Kai Candle Co. fills the air with a variety of scents. (Michele L. Weichman photo)
Bianca Bradshaw sells her line of skincare products. (Michele L. Weichman photo)

The final tent at the Northside Christmas Market was occupied by Monica Bryan, who played a major hand in organizing the event. She told the Source that the owners of Sib’s on The Mountain were extremely generous and kind to allow vendors to use the parking lot for the event, and all vendor fees paid to the owners would be donated to a local nonprofit organization, which this year will be the Virgin Islands Martial Arts Development Association.

Monica Bryan sells her handmade soaps and skincare products. (Michele Weichman photo)

“Personally, I am so grateful for this event to promote local artists, vendors, musicians and to boost our local economy. I understand what it is to have a passion to create items and the desire to have your own successful business, but most importantly to be seen. To have someone say: ‘I love your product!’ or ‘I love your art,’ and that customer purchase something you made with your hands, is the reason behind this event,” Bryan said.

 

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