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PRESS RELEASE: Merry Market 2022

Contacto con los medios:
melissa abernathy, Gerente de Comunicaciones
mabernathy@maymont.org
804-358-7166, extensión 315

November 8, 2022

Catch the Holiday Spirit at Maymont with Christmas Tours, Wreath Workshops and a Merry Market

Richmond, Virginia- There’s “snow” place like Maymont for the holidays! First, starting November 18 through January 1, 2023, a special Christmas-themed audio tour will be offered at Maymont Mansion, which will be decorated for the season in Victorian style. The self-guided tour provides insights into the high pomp — and hard work — of holiday entertaining during the Gilded Age. Second, the public is invited to create their own fresh evergreen wreaths in one of seven hands-on Talleres de coronas, Tuesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 3, under the expert guidance of Maymont staff. And a new event, Mercado alegre, Friday December 2 & Saturday, December 3, celebrates winter with a two-day, pop-up holiday market of 50 local artisans, plus cozy fire pits, a festive holiday bar, live music, crafts for kids and a chance to take a selfie with Saint Nicholas!

The highlight of Merry Market is shopping for locally crafted and imported handmade gifts in an outdoor marketplace surrounded by historic buildings draped in fresh evergreen garlands and twinkling lights on the Carriage House Lawn. Shoppers can stay fueled up with something tasty from the festive holiday bar and food vendors, and warm up around fire pits and outdoor heaters, while an a cappella vocal group and a jazz combo set the mood. Kids can make their own handmade gifts and decorations and snap a photo with Saint Nicholas.

Artisans will be selling a variety of hand-crafted accessories, décor and housewares that make thoughtful gifts for the holidays. Among the offerings are stained glass artworks by KiYay Studios, pottery by Tana Makes, art prints by Laura Marr/FlourishRVA, fair-trade décor and accessories selected and imported by one little world, handmade jewelry by Bee is for Bead, gifts for nature lovers by Rabbit & Wren, handmade fabric products from India imported by Asha project, art by Abuelita’s, custom polymer jewelry by SassyHappy, woodworking by Southside Sawdust, plus, hand embroidery, candles, soaps, knitwear, pet treats and accessories, and much more!

“Merry Market is a chance for the community to celebrate the season with friends and neighbors in the unique historic setting at Maymont,” said Parke Richeson, Executive Director. “With live music, holiday lights, cozy fire pits and crafts for kids, everyone will enjoy relaxing on the Carriage House Lawn along with a little holiday shopping with local small businesses and craftspeople.”

Saint Nicholas will be available for photos with the family, and children can also make their own gifts and holiday decorations at the crafts tent. A selection of food, desserts, hot coffee, cocoa and other beverages will be available for separate purchase from food vendors, including Goatocado, The Cocky Rooster, Monique’s Crepes, Timber Pizza and Pops Kettle Corn. The festive holiday bar will serve red wine and holiday craft beers to guests ages 21 and over.

Merry Market tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate for $10 per person; $5 for children ages 3 – 12; and free for children ages 2 and under. Maymont members enjoy free admission. Guests who present an EBT card receive discounted tickets for $3 (on-site only) through the Museums for All program. All proceeds benefit Maymont.

Tenga en cuenta: Maymont will close at 4pm on Friday, December 2, and 1pm on Saturday, December 3 to prepare for Merry Market. Guests will enter Merry Market through the Historic Estate entrance at 1700 Hampton Street. Estacionamiento para eventos is available at the Historic Estate parking lot and The Robins Nature Center, in addition to street parking. The Maymont Farm entrance is closed for the event. Merry Market takes place entirely outdoors, rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Guests are advised to wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear suited for an outdoor lawn.

The Wreath Workshops tend to fill up in advance, and include wreath supplies and refreshments, but guests are advised to bring their own snippers and gardening gloves. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, Wreath Workshop admission ($55 per person, $41 for members) includes admission to Merry Market. Times vary, please visit the events calendario for details.

Holiday Audio Tours are $8 per person, $6 for children ages 3 – 12, and free for Maymont Members and Museums for All participants.

Maymont es una propiedad histórica bien conservada de 100 acres con vista al río James que fue entregada al público por James y Sallie Dooley, quienes vivieron allí desde 1893 hasta 1925. Hoy, Maymont es un lugar acogedor de reunión comunitaria, con muchas experiencias únicas. para que todos disfruten, incluida la histórica Maymont Mansion, The Robins Nature Center, un arboreto, jardines formales y hábitats para la vida silvestre nativa de Virginia y los animales de granja. Clasificada consistentemente como una de las principales atracciones de Virginia Central tanto por los viajeros como por los lugareños, Maymont atiende a más de 800,000 invitados anualmente, con entrada gratuita a los terrenos, además de visitas guiadas y autoguiadas, eventos de temporada, programas y espacios de alquiler. Desde 1975, Maymont ha sido mantenido y operado por la Fundación Maymont sin fines de lucro, comprometida con la creación de programas y experiencias que deleiten, eduquen e inspiren a sus huéspedes.  

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Note to editors: Photos are available upon request. Email Melissa Abernathy at mabernathy@maymont.org.