Last year, my friend Jeanne told about the Christkindl Market in Canandaigua and I somehow felt a bit cheated I didn’t go! So, this year, I made a point of getting there during the little festival!
This market may be small, but the vendors’ offerings were awesome! I saw some beautiful paintings, photography, jewelry, woodcrafts, and even more! The products I saw were so beautiful and inspiring!
There were folks dressed in period clothing as well. And, for children, there was “Elf School”. I think this was a babysitting service for parents so they could shop and look around a bit more freely.
Here are some photos….
The Granger Homestead is a museum located in Canandaigua. It is a large property with a huge front yard. This is where the Christkindl Market was set up.
Because the month of November can be warm, cold, or anything in between, massive tents are provided to keep shoppers protected from the elements. As I walked into the food tent, I could hardly believe how cozy it was! Even though it was enormous, there were tables set up for folks to enjoy a meal and there were Christmas decorations everywhere.
There were also some food vendors located outside the tent. They also had quite the draw!!
There was an Alpaca there as well…..
Iwanted so badly to just go and grab this sweet-looking animal! Its coat was so fluffy and pretty….it reminded me of a teddy bear!
There was another huge tent set up that housed the vendors at the market. This was the entrance….
This is the Elf School. There was a lot of laughter coming from the building as well as children singing!
(how nice to see Santa’s helpers wearing Uggs as opposed to those silly pointy-toed shoes! hehehe)
Once inside the tent, I took just a few photos of some vendors that didn’t have so many people standing around I couldn’t get a photo!!!
Of course, my Ukrainian blood bubbled when I saw these stunning Pysanky eggs!!!
I spent only about an hour wandering around this market. The kids had gone to another concert down in Naples and Mark waited with the Scottie boys in the truck while I wandered about. I was totally disappointed when I poised the camera to snap a horse and carriage giving folks rides around the property. My camera flashed a message: Card Full! By the time I got a new card in the camera, said carriage was off and running!
Another disappointment was when I snapped a photo of some fantastic artwork. The artist had some really pretty work on display but she came up to me and told me no photographs. I obligingly deleted the photo. She explained last year someone photographed her work and there “were problems”. Ah well……
The photos I took of Santa and Mrs. Claus were no good. Bummer.
Before heading back to the truck, I visited the food tent once again, waiting in a long line to buy Mark a German takeout dinner. I got him either Knockwurst or Bratwurst (don’t laugh, I opted NOT to get him the pork tongue schnitzel!) served with German Potato Salad and Sauerkraut. As I passed the Kettlecorn stand, I bought a small bag of freshly-popped corn as well.
One of the pluses of this market was that I also met some “neighbors” who live in the same town as we do. They were vendors, selling Russian dolls. They had the beautiful Matryoshska dolls that I so love for their colorful designs! I spoke to the husband who told me his wife travels to Russia to purchase the dolls, selling them stateside. As we talked, he pointed out some little girls whom he said he and his wife had adopted from Russia!
All in all, this market wa a fun little diversion!