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August Market Day

Posted by Di on August 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

So my entries seem to be getting later & later each month ... time just gets away sometimes & this last month was just crazy! leading up to the August market. With the cold of Winter well & truly upon us there was a lot of ickiness about so some of our regular stallholders were unfortunately unable to make it & the make-up of stalls was constantly changing from one moment to the next! In the end whatever plan I had went out the window & it was easier to just make it up as I went along ... & the day turned out wonderfully!

A nice assortment of stalls, lots of new goodies to be tempted by, our coffee boys were back! (thank goodness) & because the market fell in the midst of the London 2012 Olympic Games there was a fun little activity for kids to join in - 'Find a Flag' : there were 204 countries competing in the Olympics so I placed the flags of all the countries all around the market & the kids were given pictures of just 11 flags they had to find. Then they just had to write down the country's name & the first letter of each country would spell out 'Go Australia!' It's always nice to hear that kids enjoy such simple fun & as the weather was so fine it was great to see them all outside enjoying the day. (Apologies to all the parents who were dragged around the market trying to decipher which flag was which ... some of them are ridiculously! similar).

Our music this month was provided by Dave Scott - who happens to hold the Guiness World Record for piano playing. From the Guiness Book of Records (1982 edition) : "The longest piano-playing marathon has been one of 1218 hours (50 days 18 hours) playing 22 hours every day (with 5 minute intervals each playing hour) from 7 May to 27 June 1982 by David Scott at Wagga Wagga Leagues Football Club, NSW Australia." This record will never be broken as in 1992 Guiness discontinued the event (?) due to health & safety reasons ... say no more! Now, at our markets Dave was allowed breaks & he thoroughly entertained the crowds, engaging them & taking requests ... really added to the whole days atmosphere.

See, you just never know what you might find at Leura First Sunday Markets!

July Market Fun

Posted by Di on July 13, 2012 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The July market saw our market back to its best with a whopping 70 stalls ... so nice to see the sun after the bleak day we had in June. Of course what would a day at Leura First Sunday Markets be without a few surprises, namely the snow! which made a brief appearance, just to remind us that yes it is Winter & yes it was cold! (the alpaca gloves I bought from Olga at one of our earlier markets definitely came in handy!)

Apart from the snow there was also the unfortunate surprise of no coffee stall (I'm still not sure I've fully recovered from a caffeine free market day) as the boys machine had broken down late the night before. After frantically trying all avenues at my disposal to no avail, the wonderful! lads & lassies from the Rotary van, & Deane from Deane's Hot Spuds helped out & served instant tea & coffee for stallholders & customers ... My Angels!

Then just to add to the mayhem a tour bus from Penrith paid us a visit. Very exciting! seeing all those people piling off the bus, having a good look around, wandering through the many different stalls, enjoying the atmosphere ... Come again folks! & Be sure to tell your Friends!

Rubato Trio were able  to join us this month & their upbeat jazzy style of music was a welcome addition - we could have done with them much earlier in the day to help keep us all moving, brrrr! It's been so great to be able to have such a variety of performers join our markets this year, I know all the stallholders & visitors to our markets enjoy the sounds.

Also some of the crew from Leura Fire Brigade came along with their truck & some equipment to raise awareness of ALL that they do in our community. It was great to see the kids (painted! we had a face painter too!) faces light up at the chance to explore the fire truck ... some things just never lose their magic & appeal no matter what era we're in.

More exciting new stalls next month - Sunday August 5 - so stay tuned for what's coming up at our markets! Keep an eye on this website for updates & also don't forget our facebook page www.facebook.com/leurafirstsundaymarkets to make sure you don't miss out on all the fun!

June's Misty Mountain Market

Posted by Di on June 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the weatherman was really pee-d off with me about something! The mist didn't lift all day - which did give the markets a mystical, ethereal feel about them so on one hand was quite nice. The only drawback being that it tends to keep stallholders away so their products don't get ruined by the weather. However there are quite a few crazy people - such as myself - who are determined the markets will go on regardless ... & they did!

A smaller, more intimate affair this month with most stalls being relocated to the inside & undercover areas. The food stalls were all still outside & how grateful were we all for them being there!? Hot Coffee, Pumpkin Soup, Chinese Noodles, Rotary Sausage Sandwiches, Hot Baked Potatoes, Turkish Gozleme, Nachos ... everything to keep stallholders & customers satisfied & warm!

We're a hardy bunch up at the top of the mountains & the show will always go on! so it was wonderful to see so many people come out to wander through the markets & enjoy the unique talents of our local craftspeople, & in turn support Leura Public School.

With a bit of luck (& begging & grovelling on my part) the weather will be kinder next month - Dry July & all - & the markets will be back to full strength! We've been steadily growing over the last year & have a FABULOUS assortment of stalls, with something for everyone!

Jazzy June

Posted by Di on June 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

At the moment Mr Weatherman is apparently unhappy with me as he is still predicting rain for our markets tomorrow ... & here I thought we had an understanding!?! But you do just never know what the day will bring so I continue to live in hope as the line up for the June Markets is looking Spectacular! (if I do say so myself)

A great assortment of stalls this month featuring:

* Arts & Crafts * Blue Sky Driving School * Chinese BBQ * Alpaca Clothing & blankets * Hand-made Tea Cosies * Soy candles * Scarves * Gloves * Wool Socks * Handbags * Art Prints & Cards * Camel Milk Products * Hot Soup * Sterling Silver Jewellery * Stationary * Precious Portraits Photography * Organic Olive Oil * New Ladies Clothing * Boxed Tool Sets * Plants * Shower Curtains & Accessories * Honey, Jams & Preserves * Goats Milk Products * Fresh Produce * Pearl Jewellery * Coffee * Knit Wear * Retro Home Wares * Winter Dog Coats * Happy Pants * Books * Cd's & Dvd's * Linen & Lace Tableware * Vintage & Collectables * Baked Potatoes * Wood Burning Art * Rotary BBQ * Crystals * Ceramics *

That's a stellar line up with so much to choose from! Our market has been steadily growing with new stallholders every month so make sure you come along each time as you're certain to see something you haven't seen before (which would make for a typical day out up here in the mountains) !

This month our resident guitarist Dave Vladis is back to entertain the crowds for a few hours. Also joining us for the first time is local jazz group Rubato Trio so all up it's looking to be a fun filled day!

There are undercover stalls already & if the weatherman & I are still having a disagreement most of the market can be moved undercover & inside so rug up & come & join us!

May's Marvelous Mother's Day Market!

Posted by Di on May 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The recent May market was crazy busy with 71 stalls (second biggest since I began management) & 17 of these were new stalls. Fabulous to welcome so many new friends to our markets. The weather was unbelievabley nice - cool but clear - & the crowds kept on coming through even at our 2pm closing time. Managed to get some updated pictures this month (check out the Photos page) & how amazing does the market look from up high? The combination of the weather, the number of stalls & it only being a week before Mother's Day helped to make it one of the best market days I've seen!

For Mother’s Day there was a special offer this market – stallholders donated items or a gift voucher to include in a big hamper & customers who spent $5 or more (in one transaction) were given a free ticket into the draw to win the hamper. 50 – 60 people were present at the 1.30pm draw, & thankfully only 2 tickets had to be drawn to find a winner (you had to be present to claim the prize). Congratulations to the lucky family who were quite overwhelmed with the overflowing hamper & thanks to all the stallholders for their donations. A great way to promote our stalls & enhance the market experience! Keep an eye out for future offers - you never know what may come up!

Music this month was covered by local musicians: Dave Vladis playing guitar near the food area – he was also joined by Drew Kersey on harmonica; & Snez returned (previously she performed at our March market) situated near the Centenary Garden with her easy listening sound. It was great to see people lingering around these performers simply enjoying the music and lovely atmosphere. Next month is shaping up to be a Jazzy June day with local Blue Mountains act Rubato Trio performing with us for the first time - read more about them on the What's New page.

Toot Toot! Allow me a moment to toot my own horn: I am so please with how far our market has come in the last year & a half & I was very honoured to recently receive a 'Pride of Workmanship' award from Rotary. My thanks to The Rotary club of Central Blue Mountains (the guys & girls who man our Rotary hot food van every month) for their support & encouragement of all the work that has gone into improving upon our markets & creating the friendly relaxed atmosphere we all now enjoy!

SNEZ is back at May markets!

Posted by Di on April 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

After receiving wide praise for her debut album ‘Gypsy soul’ (2009), Snez has spent the last two years touring Australia with her co-writer, producer & guitarist; Stewart Peters, squeezing their world into a van for months at a time, visiting remote & regional Australia, sharing stories & songs ... & loving every minute of it!

Snez is a maverick in the independent music scene, defying any old pigeonhole ... never afraid to put her heart on her sleeve, or just let it all loose.

Genevieve Jacobs from ABC Radio Canberra commented ‘We often have singer/songwriters come in & you think … it’s a cookie cutter, it’s same songs about boys & cars … but [with Snez] it is very personal; Snez's music is very emotional’.

Snez will be releasing her second album '8 Lives Left to Lose' through Regal Records/MGM, with her single 'Green' out now on itunes. 'Green' spent some time on the Triple J Pop Charts at number 9.

Visit Snez at www.snez.com.au

The Easter Aftermath

Posted by Di on April 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Well I've finally roused myself from the over-indulgence of  the past couple of weeks ... gotta love Easter when it's okay to have chocolate for breakfast! Our April Easter market was a great success! Thanks to all the stallholders who joined us to make it a wonderful day.

The weather was definitely on our side ... if a little warm for the Easter Bunny who joined the kids for the Easter Egg Hunt. Poor Mr Bunny couldn't take much longer with all that fur of his, so his assistant went around the market with some more Easter eggs to hand out. The kids certainly enjoy finding all the eggs & it's always amazing how they can't seem to find their hat or pencil case at home but small foiled eggs hidden in the garden ... piece of cake (chocolate of course!).

There was also a Scavenger Hunt happening throughout the day where there was a list of 15 Easter pictures to be found at various stalls around the market. It was so nice to see kids & parents getting into the simple fun of it trying to find the right picture to match the description they had. At the end the kids received a lolly bag (more sugar!?!) & a certificate for their efforts. The stallholders really enjoyed being a part of things as well.

Of course there was the usual array of stalls with a wide assortment of goods on offer ... this month newcomers included; Rockin' Mad Babywear, Falkirk Daffodil Farm, Vintage Sisters, Portena Jewellery, Happy Tuesday Children's Clothes, Half a Frock, Pooch in the Pantry, Art by Michael Rossiter, & Phillip Layzell Artworks.

It was lovely to see so many families from the Leura School community & it's always a pleasure when so many people come wandering through with their well-behaved dogs. For those of you who maybe met Sarah Collins who attended the market a few times last year fundraising for an Autism Assistance Dog for her son Rhys, you will be pleased to know that Napolean Star has arrived & is settling into his new role in their family very nicely. It was great to meet Napolean for the first time & the difference this will make to Rhys' life cannot be put into words. Well done guys, & thanks to all the wonderful supporters who helped to make this happen.

That's our market in a nut shell ... friendly people, easygoing atmosphere, a fun day out!

Easter Fun in April

Posted by Di on March 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Almost time for our Easter Market! This coming Sunday April 1 is gearing up to be a great market with lots of new stalls & some Easter activities too! (Easter being the week after our market.)

Starting at about 11am there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for kids held on the grass at the back of the school. We try & offer this each year at the market closest to Easter & this year we are very lucky to be also getting a visit from the Easter Bunny! He is going to run the Easter Egg Hunt & then have a little wander throughout the markets ... wonder what he'll find to buy?!

Also happening all day at this market is a Scavenger Hunt - 50c entry fee & you will be given a sheet with descriptions of different Easter-type pictures which can be found on different stalls throughout the market. Don't need to actually collect the pictures, just write down the stall number where you found it. It shouldn't be too tricky but hopefully a lot of fun! & all those who successfully complete the Scavenger Hunt will receive a certificate & small prize. So make sure you take after the Easter Bunny & eat your carrots so your eyesight will be perfect!

Some more fabulous! local artists will be joining us this month ... Ken Sterling, Phillip Layzell & Michael Rossiter will all have stalls showcasing their artistic talents with paintings & greeting cards so make sure you check them all out. Everyone's style is so different there's bound to be something to suit all tastes.

Of course there will be a range of stalls with some unique treasures ... vintage & retro clothing, collectable china, vintage lace & doilies, quality second hand books.

Falkirk Farm join us again this market with their trailer full of daffodil bulbs. Lin returns to us about this time each year & has many loyal customers who seek her out so make sure you don't miss out!

& don't forget there's a great range of food stalls to keep you satisfied as you explore all that's on offer at our friendly markets ... no need to be anywhere else really!

As well as being our Easter Market this Sunday will also be April Fool's Day (uh oh) & Daylight Savings ends this weekend too. It's all happening. Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour Saturday night to make sure you don't miss a minute of the fun at the April markets!

Hope to see you there!

March Madness!

Posted by Di on March 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Yet another fabulous mountains day for our market! Welcome to Autumn. After relentless rain leading up to our March market where even Miss Positivity herself (me) was beginning to doubt how the day would go, it all miraculously dried up by Sunday morning & not a single droplet of moisture fell from the sky until we had all finished for the day - Hallelujah!

Because of the inclement weather that has plagued everybody everywhere (except maybe W.A.) for months now our March market was a smaller, more intimate affair. Still a lovely range of stalls on offer with lots of different kinds of jewelry (I think this is the correct way to spell it but I just never think it looks right), vintage & collectables, bright colourful happy pants, quality second hand books & toys, cd's & dvd's, unique wood burning art, ladies clothing, honey, pashminas (certainly come in handy up here), crochet fun food & animal friends, beautiful leather handbags, linen & tablecloths, & more! Always more!

A great!! range of food stalls kept everyone satisfied. This month on offer there were:

  • mini dutch pancakes
  • hot baked potatoes
  • turkish gozleme
  • bacon & egg rolls
  • sausage sandwiches
  • Mr Whippy ice cream
  • caramel slices
  • chocolate brownies
  • palmiers
  • & of course fabulous! coffee

We were also very fortunate to have talented local singer songwriter SNEZ perform. With her beautiful voice & great guitar playing her easy listening sound was a wonderful addition to the market & really complemented the whole 'vibe' about the place. Snez is due to return for the market in May - make sure if you missed out this month you come along then to check it out.

Fun in February!

Posted by Di on February 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

So frustrating - I did this blog about our Feb. market & it didn't post! So now I have to think again about our last fabulous market & try & recap ... here goes nothing.

It was actually a great day at our February market - glorious sunshine, nice & warm - one of the few real Summer days we've had this season. Not before time too - next market it will be Autumn already! Lots of new stalls with some great food options for all our stallholders & customers: Deane with her hot baked potatoes, Phil & his bags of nuts & lollies, Monique from Miss Mini Moo Special Occasion Cakes with her selection of delicious cupcakes, Rubyfruit returned after the holidays with their yummy vegan goodies, the Rotary van served their usual array of hot food & drinks, two fresh produce stalls, Mr Whippy ice cream, & the fabulous guys from Espresso or Nothing also started making waffles! Lots to keep us all satisfied.

With 58 stalls all up there was definitely something for everyone & the market had a really nice feel about it. It's a very relaxed & friendly vibe where you wander throughout the grounds (people walk their dogs through) & there's so many areas to explore - from the undercover spot up at the school hall, you walk down through the stalls on the grass which leads onto the path, past the Centenary Garden wall, following the path with stalls on either side you get to the large carpark area & from here you can go into the indoor stalls which then takes you out to the undercover area ... so much room! This means that we can accommodate lots of stalls but they also have space so aren't crammed in tight together. Good to have room to move & really explore all the wonderful treasures!

Because there is so much space we were fortunate to have two great performers entertain us this month: Dave returned from last month & was situated near the Centenary Garden wall playing his guitar. At the other end of the market near the food stalls & the car park area Hovert was so impressive with his expertise on the guitar. Thanks guys!!


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