!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Kara !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- Lisa
Yes. We are THAT excited. Each year this event ushers in the holiday shopping season for crowds in the thousands: in a free, low-key, family-friendly, daytime shindig format. Local First Arizona provides this opportunity for all of the members of their fantastic organization to assemble and showcase their wares and services. It helps shed a little light on how readily available local options are, especially as thoughts begin to turn to holiday gift considerations!
The Downtown Phoenix Journal’s synopsis of the event reads like this:
“The event is open to the public and will offer a variety of local businesses, restaurants, live music and children’s activities. Previous vendors include a variety of businesses that are unique to Arizona like Bookmans, Practical Art, Zia Records, Frances Boutique, Smeeks Candy Shop, Kidstop Toys, Pink House Boutique, Strawberry Hedgehog, Desert Song Yoga, Noble Beast Pet Boutique, Hubbard Family Swim School, Postino, Spinato’s Pizza, The Parlor, St. Francis, Urban Cookies, America’s Taco Shop, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Green New American Vegetarian. This year’s event will add a food truck court, an expanded beer and wine garden and more fun arts, crafts and games for kids. Live music will be provided by Arizona musicians and the first 500 attendees will receive gift bags. A raffle and silent auction will raise funds for Local First and will include stay-cation packages from around the state, free dinners and tickets to Valley-wide events.” (Source)
We’re particularly excited for 11:30am to roll around. The artisan that makes the creosote soap you all know and love, Carolyn Camp of Silver Linings Soap Co., is the fiddle player for the band Pick & Holler! And our neighbor from over at Stinkweeds, Lindsay. She’s the bassist! They’ve got just the right kind of boot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ sounds fit for an afternoon fall fest!
What: 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival presented by Local First Arizona
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Portland Place, on Portland Street between Third and Central Avenues, Downtown Phoenix
Cost: Free to attend. Admittance to Beer & Wine Garden is $10 which includes samples of a wide variety of Arizona beers & wines. Food will be available for $1 or less.
So make sure to come find us and say hello! We’ll probably have managed to find a few gifts at other booths, and, no doubt, some of that food n’ beer drifting around. Festivals give US a chance to mix and mingle as well! We love meeting our fellow Phoenicians on both sides of the booths! It’s a moment to suck some of that clean, crisp autumn air into our lungs and embrace our community spirit!
And tonight! Don’t forget! At Practical Art, we have the reception for our November wall show, Terry Pisel’s “Valley of the Sun”.
Other events this weekend?
Wake up early on Saturday to hit Valley Permaculture Alliance’s TOUR DE COOPS! See how urban dwellers are keeping feathery, egg-layers comfortable in Arizona! (And learn to do it yourself at Rachel Bess’ “How to Raise Chickens in Your Backyard” class at Practical Art the following Saturday morning at 9:30am, November 17… OR, at the ‘overflow’ class scheduled for Thursday the 29th at 6:30pm!) –RSVP on their website!–
And then just around the corner, Space 55 has A Bitch In Time 4! “An evening of provocative, solo performance pieces by an eclectic, all-woman lineup of acclaimed actors, writers, musicians and performance artists.”
Always something to do in Phoenix!