The Market Place at Hibiscus Place in Dade City will be marking its fifth season, with its first event this year set for Sept. 1.
The market is held on the first Saturday of each month, September through May, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event is free, and both people and pets are welcome.
Shoppers will have plenty of choices, said Lucy Avila, event coordinator.
“We have a variety of vendors,” said Avila.
“We could be as many as 25 to 30.”
Some of the items that will be available for purchase include soaps, birdbaths and feeders, honey, fresh produce and jewelry.
Patrons also can purchase cookies and scones, enjoy Italian ices and hot dogs, and sample various wines.
Guests can stroll through the park, relax at picnic benches, listen to music — or step up to perform for others with the help of a karaoke machine.
“It’s a hometown feeling because Dade City is that,” Avila said.
All proceeds will go toward the Dade City Youth Council, which will be taking an active role at The Market Place.
Camille Hernandez, Mayor of Dade City, oversees the Youth Council and has been instrumental in helping its members broaden their horizons.
The Youth Council has had the opportunity to visit City Hall, where members have been able to learn about different aspects of government and how to officiate meetings.
The group also has shown movies to students at Rodney B. Cox Elementary School.
Avila hopes that the event will encourage patrons to attend other Dade City events, including the Festival of Christmas parade, during the holidays, and the Kumquat Festival, which is held each spring.
The Market Place at Hibiscus Park
Where: Seventh Street & Bougainvillea Avenue, Dade City, FL 33525 (In front of the Dade City Garden Club)
When: First Saturday of the month, from September through May, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free
Details: Vendors will be selling goods, food will be available for purchase and there will be entertainment at this pet-friendly event.
Info: Contact Lucy Avila at (352) 424-4972 or .
Published August 29, 2018