Last event a success despite weather
Chilly conditions did not deteer shoppers from the last Farmers’ Market of the year.
A sure sign that winter is coming is the ending of area farmers’ markets for the year. Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville had its final market for 2013 Saturday.
Although the weather had turned slightly chilly and the sky was overcast, several dozen vendors and a fair crowd of people showed up. Corinne Anthony, the hotel/tavern’s executive director said she was pleased with the day, particularly since there was another farmers market going on in Tappahannock and a big dog show in Kilmarnock.
Anthony said that the market, which is on third Saturdays between from April through October, has been successful this year. “It’s been a good season,” she said. The numbers of visitors and vendors was up over last year and Anthony said that vendors at the market this year say they want to come back and that she is “beating the bushes” for even more vendors in 2014. She also wants to have more special events during the markets such as the Civil War encampment that was set up on Saturday.
The market is a major source of revenue for the ancient hotel/tavern that dates back to 1795. (There was a hotel and tavern there before that date but 1795 is as far back as the current restored structure can be traced.) Anthony noted that the hotel/tavern is a non-profit but it still has expenses it has to meet, “maintenance, insurance, utilities, all that stuff.”
Although the market has ended for the year, the hotel/tavern has another big community event coming up. On Dec. 9 it will host its annual “Golden Village Christmas” on the first Saturday in December. It will be another chance for the community to get together, Anthony said.