What: 8th Annual Celebration Village.
Where: Tupelo Furniture Market, Building V.
When: Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Preview Party; Oct. 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why: All proceeds benefit the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Goods for sale: 130-plus vendors will be offering clothing, pottery, jewelry, home decor, books, holiday decorations, gifts, fresh baked goods, frozen casseroles, smoked Boston butts and more.
Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Children 6 and under free. Tickets for the Preview Party on Oct. 21 are $50 per person. Tickets are available at Sanctuary Village Shoppe and at various businesses in Northeast Mississippi. Call (662) 844-2111 or (662) 231-0641 for ticket info.
TUPELO – If you think the holidays in Northeast Mississippi officially begin with Thanksgiving, then you’ve never visited Celebration Village.
Billed as a holiday market, the four-day event at Building V at the Tupelo Furniture Market will feature 130-plus vendors offering everything from clothing, pottery, jewelry, home decor, books, holiday decorations and gifts to fresh baked goods, frozen casseroles and smoked Boston butts.
The event kicks off Oct. 21 with a Preview Party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Tupelo chefs, a silent auction, entertainment and early-bird shopping.
Regular market hours are Oct. 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children 6 and under are admitted free. Tickets for the Preview Party are $50. Tickets are available at Sanctuary Village Shoppe and at various businesses in Northeast Mississippi. Call (662) 844-2111 or (662) 231-0641 for ticket info.
“Last year, we made a little less than $300,000, and all proceeds go to the Sanctuary Hospice House,” said Marilyn Witcher, chairman of Celebration Village. The Sanctuary Hospice House is a non-profit facility that provides care for terminally ill patients regardless of their ability to pay.
It costs about $5,500 a day to run the hospice house, said Lauren Patterson, a volunteer. “We get about half of that from Medicare and Medicaid and the rest we have to pay ourselves,” she said. “This is our biggest fundraiser. Last year, we figured we had about 20,000 shoppers over the four days.”
Something for everyone
In the past, the Preview Party has featured a live auction, but organizers decided to try a silent auction again this year.
“We have some wonderful donated items this year,” said Cindy Faucette, co-chairman. “There’s a luxury condo in Destin, a ladies’ Rolex watch, a powder room redo and a landscaping package” among other things.
During the week, volunteers will also be manning Rudolph’s Reruns shop again, which features tenderly used toys, games, books, clothing, riding toys and other toybox treasures.
And let’s not forget the entertainment. Area choirs and musicians will perform for patrons several times each day.
“We have something for everyone,” Witcher said. “With the economy being what it is, you have to pick and choose what you’re going to buy. We’re confident people will support us.”
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