By Joshua Maloni
For the past two years, Jamie Symmonds’ Holiday Market has been the place to go to find unique, handmade gifts while enjoying a holiday atmosphere – and probably a few other things – inside the majestic Brickyard Brewing Company.
To put a bow on it (see what I did there?), the event is a fundraiser benefiting Toys for Tots.
This year’s Holiday Market will take place from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. It will include a variety of local artisans offering a bevy of items such as jewelry, chocolates and holiday décor. The BBC also will have special seasonal drinks available for purchase.
“This is one of my favorite nights of the year,” Symmonds said. “Without sounding too corny, there is something magical in the air – that feeling of Christmas. I think it is the combination of the perfect location in which to hold this event, mixed with holiday music, shopping, decorations, and the kindness of friends, family and neighbors all around. I truly believe that is what makes this event so unique. And of course, let’s not forget that it is all for a good cause.”
More than $2,500 was donated following the 2018 event.
Once again this year, guests have the opportunity to win a deliciously different grand prize.
“We will be raffling off the ‘Golden Ticket’ again this year,” Symmonds said. “You have a 1 in 20 chance of being the big winner. With the ‘Golden Ticket,’ the winner will be able to eat at one of Lewiston’s amazing restaurants, once a month, for up to a $50 value.
“There will also be basket raffles, where you can enter to win by purchasing raffle tickets. All baskets are valued from $100 to $400; all filled with amazing items donated by local businesses, private donations, and from each participating vendor.
“Everyone has been so generous, which is what makes our community so special, coming together to help support this event, which benefits Toys for Tots. We also couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors, which include Lewiston Tops Market, Krislyn Co., Giusiana Architects, Chelsea Modern Images, Willow Consulting, and Jeff and Gloria Baker from Baker Farms.”