By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
A winter wonderland of shopping is rising at the Tupelo Furniture Market.
For its 11th year, Celebration Village will bring 125 vendors from around the southeast to offer clothes, holiday decorations, gourmet food, art, gifts and books. The festive event starts with a sparkling Preview Party on Wednesday night and continues through Oct. 27 in the name of providing compassionate care for the dying at Sanctuary Hospice House.
“It all helps to fund the house,” said administrator Linda Gholston.
Celebration Village offerings run the gamut from fine jewelry with thousand dollar price tags to $10 gifts. Many old favorites are back, but about a quarter of the vendors are new to Celebration Village this year.
“Our team works hard to make sure there’s something for everybody,” Gholston said, and the Ruldolph’s Reruns shop for gently used toys will be open to the public without a shopping pass.
The Sanctuary Hospice Auxiliary, which organizes the annual event, will have 2013 Angels – this year created by Tab Boren Pottery of Mantachie, along with cookbooks and T-shirts. The cafe, stocked by the Auxiliary, local church groups and volunteers, will have casseroles, breads, cakes and pies for sale as well.
The Sanctuary staff and volunteers work all year to make the holiday magic happen in October. The auxiliary members are supplemented by hundreds of volunteers to turn the furniture exhibition space into a holiday market.
“They are angels,” said Tricia Goldman, 2012 Celebration Village chairwoman.
Caring for the dying
All the work of the volunteers is inspired by the care the Sanctuary staff delivers at the house west of Tupelo.
“Seeing them with patients makes me want to do more because they do so much,” said Goldman, who volunteers at the house visiting patients and families with her golden retriever, Charlie.
Hospice focuses on caring for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the terminally ill and their families. A community effort created Sanctuary Hospice House to allow hospice care to reach those who couldn’t receive care in their homes, because they had no able caregiver or their conditions required more intensive medical care than they could receive at home.
“This town is so unbelievably blessed to have a hospice house,” Goldman said.
Reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance cover about half the cost of care for patients at Sanctuary Hospice House. The remainder is raised through Celebration Village, the Sanctuary Village Shop and donations.
“Our community has been very generous to us,” Gholston said.
This year, the “A Night to Remember” Preview Party is getting extra glitter. In addition to early shopping and great food, the preview party will feature a live auction and the Van Atkins’ Champagne Diamond Giveaway.
“We wanted to dress it up a little bit,” Goldman said. “This is a special night.”
The preview party runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The program will start about 7 p.m., and dinner will be served until 8 p.m.
The auction, conducted by Jackie Courson, will feature some unique items such as a Carrie Underwood autographed purse and tickets to her Memphis show. Trips up for auction include the 2013 Masters, a NASCAR race, the Canadian Rockies, Key West and Napa Valley wine country. The Masters package includes entrance badges and a private home accommodations. The other packages include airfare.
Following the auction, the Van Atkins’ Champagne Diamond Giveaway will begin. The lucky winner will go home with a 1-carat champagne diamond worth $9,000. Nine people will win gift certificates ranging from $100 to $500.
Tickets – $100 each – are still available, but only 200 will be sold.
The tickets must be present at preview party to win. They will be exchanged for a champagne glass with a gem in the bottom. One of them will be the champagne diamond. The rest will be cubic zirconia; although nine of them will be specific weights connected to the gift certificates.
“We’ll have four weigh stations,” said Natalie Ellis, Sanctuary’s clinical director. “They’ll have to see if they have the real diamond.”
WHAT: Celebration Village is a holiday market benefiting Sanctuary Hospice House
WHERE: Tupelo Furniture Market Building V, Coley Road
WHEN: Oct. 24-27
• Preview party: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday
• Thursday-Oct. 26: Shopping 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Oct. 27: Shopping 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COSTS: One-day passes $5 in advance, $7 at door; preview party $50; passport including preview party and general shopping $75.
• Entrance to Rudolph’s Re-Run’s used toy shop free
TICKETS: Online: www.sanctuaryhospicehouse.com
BY PHONE: (662) 610-5482
OUTLETS: Amory Lawn & Pool; Blonde Piston, Baldwyn; My Friends Tea Room, Houston; Bankhead Florist, New Albany; Peas & Carrots,
Oxford; Ella Ivy Boutique and Trent’s Portrait Design, Pontotoc; DB Floral Design, Saltillo; Reed’s in Starkville and Columbus;
Sanctuary Village Shoppe, Room to Room, Busylad and Bishop’s Flowers & Gifts, Tupelo.