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Bristol Market at Millstream Park is Open for Business


July 30, 2020
BRISTOL — Pull off route 3-A on your way to or from the lake on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. between now and October and browse the new open Bristol Market located at Millstream Park. There is something for everyone here.

Driving by, I was drawn in to the festive crowd when I saw Polly Worthen's Tie Dye clothes colorfully displayed on racks and blowing in the gentle wind. I had to stop in and buy three Tie Dye tops and a matching Scarf that can become a mask. Polly's sister Sally and mother Lynn soon joined me. We had a great time together. Sally's son Johnny proudly displayed the Bird House he bought from Paul and Sue Country Crafts. I went over to Paul's booth to talk with him. He is my neighbor on Peaked Hill where he makes and sells Bird and Bat Houses, Bird Feeders, Hand Crafted Wood products. These items were fully on display at the Bristol Market.

When I spied my good friend Nancy Mills selling her Brownies Beads, we caught up on news while I admired Nancy's fine array of jewelry for which she would surely win a prize in a juried Art Fair.

To the left was Lucile Moses, owner of Back in Time Soap Makers. The most colorful and sweetest soap was English Rose, which I bought while Lucile told me all about the soap making process that includes olive, coconut, palm, castor and fragrance oil. It smells nice in my house.

Candles can be a useful item as well as a gift so I spent a long time examining Interlakes soy Candles while the owner patiently answered my questions. Finally, I bought a big blue "Applewood" scented candle.

Another great gift is maple syrup also one of my favorite foods. Kraemer's Discovery booth had Woodcrafts, Fishing Ties, and Maple Syrup all made by Kraemer himself. Joe Kraemer is also a Fly Tying Instructor. I told him I don't fish, he said why not? He helped me pick out his medium amber syrup in a very attractive maple leaf shaped jar.

Suddenly, I heard someone say "basil." I wanted some and found two nice women selling herbs and vegetables so I chatted with mother and daughter while buying and chewing on the fresh picked basil.

The following Saturday I visited two other booths. Art is selling Tea Light Candle Holders and he was promoting a poem, "Good-Bye Old Man Good-Bye" written by Robert Branagan. My friend bought two of his postcards featuring the poem and a stunning picture of the Old Man in the Mountain.

The other booth I visited belonged to George Girouard and his wife who sell beautiful handmade wool and cotton Quilts, Potholders and the specialty Homemade Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, strawberry rhubarb and blueberry pear which they keep in a cooler till sold. George displayed an interesting Butterfly House and a two level Condo Bird House. George is the contact person if you want to be a vendor at the Bristol Market. He said the Lions Club sponsors the event by paying for the insurance. Cost to set up a booth is only $10 and if you would like to become a vendor come on Saturday and talk to George Girouard.

Other vendors deserve attention and I will see and visit them another Saturday. Come to the Millstream Park off route 3-A in Bristol on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a relaxing and rewarding experience at the Bristol Market located on the banks of the rushing Newfound River.

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