GOODLAND — Got Christmas attitude? Well, that’s what you will get, Goodland style, this coming Saturday and Sunday by attending the second annual Goodland’s Christmas Bazaar 2011, happening at the newly renovated Goodland Boat Park from 10-3 both days.
Everything from alligator heads, live Christmas trees, original art work, Christmas items, bakery goods, paintings, hotdogs, grilled pork sandwiches and more will be available to peruse or purchase.
“We will have a lot of unique Christmas gifts, art work and even collectibles in our “Junk in the Trunk” feature,” said Connie Fullmer. “Junk in the Trunk” is where individuals who have pre-registered pull up their cars with their very special and unique treasures for sale,” said Fullmer, who looks every bit the snazzy annual Bazaar Chairwoman, dressed in a comfortable giraffe print dress, topaz colored stones dangling from her ears, and catchy coral lipstick. “Also, there are some very talented local artists selling items in the bazaar,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know the great artistic talent here in Goodland.” Fullmer also serves on the board of the Goodland Civic Association and is a resident of Goodland from 15 years on Marco Island.
To make the event more festive, calling all musicians. Everyone is asked to leave your boat at home, because the park ramp will be closed for launching during the two holiday day event, but do bring your guitars to pick, tambourines to shake, or any instruments you have, and join in the village style holiday spirit. The porch around the park’s Ship Store overlooking the covered Pavilion and grassy yard will be the platform for jammin’ locals, including the ever popular local, Terry Lee on guitar. You can even go inside the Ship Store and see Dock Master Sue Sigrest and buy an ice cold beer, or browse around the shop, which offers T-shirts, goodies and gifts, including live bait shrimp and tackle.
Goodland’s popular Marker 8 Restaurant will cater the bazaar, and owner Jimmy Ketchum said he will begin serving food at 11 a.m. near the pavilion, including grilled pork, until close at 3 p.m. There will be bottled water and sodas available. Coffee and donuts are planned also. Everything is cash service.
“So far, we’ve got forty-two vendors signed up. There’s no cost and there’s still room for more, but you have to call by Thursday (Dec. 1,)” said Fullmer. About half of the vendors are from Marco Island and Naples. Set up starts at sunrise on Saturday.
“A lot of people only come to Goodland for the great restaurants,” said Fullmer. “They don’t know how special it really is here.” Judging by her bright blue eyes and ready smile, she means it to the bone.
Stopping by under the Pavilion with a few toots on his bicycle horn, MCA board member Jim Graham wholeheartedly agrees. Of the Christmas Bazaar he said, “There’s just nothing like this around. We are a fishing village with a fishing village attitude. You just have to experience us.” The smiles seem to be contagious around here.
There are a lot of ways to celebrate the holiday season, but don’t miss this week-end, Dec. 3 and 4, because it’s your only shot at doing it Goodland Christmas Bazaar style at the beautiful Goodland Boat Park facility. Like the little fishing village itself, the event promises to have lots of big attitude.
Directions: From Naples, come into Goodland via 92, go about 6 miles and turn left after the bridge and follow the road past Stan’s, veer sharp toward the right all the way to the end at the Boat Park. Islanders take San Marco Road. Goodlanders, walk, but with attitude. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free.
For this weekend only, boaters are asked to launch instead at Caxambas Boat Park, 909 Collier Court, Marco Island. Call 252-4060 or 252-4024. Goodland Boat Park has boat slips available. Interested vendors call 734-5523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.