Buy local at the market
THERE is something special in the hills of Dorrigo and the locals wouldn't have it any other way.
Local born and bred Patsy Green, who is currently handing over the reins as Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce president to Peter Mortimore, said the chamber was gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year.
According to Patsy, president of the chamber for the past four years, the Christmas Made in Dorrigo Street Market on Saturday, December 14, at Hickory St from 9am to 2pm, shows what makes Dorrigo such a special community.
Patsy said the event aimed to showcase local products, with everything sold there made, grown or produced exclusively on the Dorrigo Plateau.
"We have the Made in Dorrigo markets three times a year but Christmas is the biggest, it brings more than 2000 visitors into the town and we have 55-57 stall holders - all from the Dorrigo Plateau," she said.
"That is why it's so special."
Products available include organic skin care, leather craft, plants, goats' milk soap, painted garden pots, preserves, jewellery, woodcraft, home baking, open pollinated seeds, art, honey, groovy clocks, eco-friendly soft toys and bags, cacti and succulents, art, homemade Christmas puddings, soya wax melts, native plants, handicrafts and so much more.
For the first time, Fiona from Iris and Elm floristry will have a range of posies, bouquets and wreaths available and there will be a jumping castle provided by Peter Gibson of Dorrigo IGA in Dorrigo Community Centre. Santa plans to arrive at the Community Centre at 11am.
The Dorrigo Rotary Club raffles off a load of locally sourced firewood to stock up for next winter while food stalls and local cafes offer plenty of choice to satisfy hungry visitors and locals.
Local live music will add atmosphere to the day. Mt St John primary school choir will be performing from 10.30am and students will be busking during the day.
Patsy said the event had grown steadily since its inception in 2012 and was now the biggest of the chamber's many initiatives for the business people and producers of the plateau.
She said there was something truly special about the town where she had been raised and where her kids and now grandchildren lived, and she had loved her time as chamber president and on the many committees she had been on in recent years.
Unfortunately, Patsy said work commitments in Coffs Harbour meant she had to curtail her committee work in Dorrigo "for now" but she remained passionate about her home town.
For more information about the Christmas market, visit the Made in Dorrigo Facebook page or go to dorrigo.com or phone Helen on 0266575186. This event is an initiative of the Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce.