Local residents will have another opportunity to shop for a wide variety of food, products and services all under one roof on Dec. 15. The Madison Farmers’ Market, Madison Extension Office, Literacy Council of Madison County and Madison Forensics Boosters have teamed up to present Perfectly Piedmont, a shopping opportunity featuring locally grown food, handmade gifts and home-based business products.
The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Madison County Fire Department, 1233 N. Main St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature about 40 different craft vendors, 20 farmers’ market vendors and about 10 home-based businesses, all from around Virginia.
According to Fay Utz, vice president of the Literacy Council of Madison County, the event is a major fundraiser for the local non-profit. The money goes to support the literacy council’s regular programs and helps fund scholarships for local GED recipients. Utz said the event has been growing steadily over the past few years and hopes to further broaden the appeal by lengthening the hours and bringing in Santa.
“We are looking forward to Perfectly Piedmont,” said Utz. “We have lots of craft vendors, food vendors and some home-based businesses that will set up Dec. 15. Most of the vendors are local and there will be plenty of opportunities to shop for unique hand-crafted gifts. This year we are also having Santa. We are offering photos with Santa for a small donation.”
Santa, also known as Frank King is excited about the new role. King, a former teacher at Waverly Yowell, has been playing Santa at many community and school events around Madison County for several years and relishes the idea of helping the literacy council.
“I really enjoy doing this,” said King. “It’s such a great way to get in the holiday spirit. I’ve been Santa in the parade and at school events for a few years. I have several calendars for this season, one for Santa engagements, one for my bell-ringing [for the local Salvation Army] and one for my personal stuff. Having been a teacher, I can appreciate the mission of the literacy council and am happy to help out.”
Perfectly Piedmont is welcomed by the Madison County Farmers’ Market, too. Many of the vendors from the regular season have produce, baked goods and meat for sale and the holiday markets provide another opportunity to sell to regular customers.
The Madison County Literacy Council is a local non-profit that provides education services to adult residents of Madison County in order to enhance their quality of life as jobholders, parents and life-long learners. The office at 304 Thrift Rd. is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about Perfectly Piedmont contact the Madison County Farmers’ Market at (540) 948-6881 or visit MadisonFarmersMarket.info or contact the Literacy Council of Madison County at (540) 948-5514, madisonliteracy.org or Literacy Madison on Facebook.