Brussels Four Winds Market supports Christmas Bureau
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Brussels Four Winds Barn’s management wanted to continue with some activities of the holiday season and hosted a Christmas market and photos with Santa over the weekend, benefitting the Huron County Christmas Bureau.
Kaitlyn Pipe, manager of the barn, said the event, which was held on Saturday and Sunday, raised $1,085 for the Christmas Bureau. It also offered some unique Christmas opportunities close to home for Brussels residents, she said.
“I wanted to see it continue,” she said. “It went really well last year, as we had 86 people out, so we knew people would be interested.”
This year, Pipe said it was even more important because traditional Santa photo opportunities might not be available, and even if they were, people wouldn’t want to travel out of the area to have them taken.
This year’s event raised more than last year’s event, topping it by over $400.
While more families took part, Pipe said there were a number of cancellations due to health concerns and numerous cancellations on Sunday due to the weather. Despite the cancellations, Pipe was happy with the fundraising effort and said the Christmas Bureau’s board was happy to hear about the funds.
Pipe went on to say the donation was made possible thanks to a deep discount from the photographer, Amy Reid, and the time donated by two different Santa volunteers: Tim Prior and John Kerkhof.
The photos with Santa Claus were held a little differently than previous years, she said, with two different backdrops. Each one required a six-foot distance from the jolly old elf, Pipe said.
The market, which parents were encouraged to visit after their family photos, went well too, Pipe said. There were eight vendors selling goods, which guaranteed plenty of space for the vendors to show wares and keep a safe distance from shoppers, according to Pipe.
“It was very local and very spread out,” she said. “It didn’t feel congested at all.”
The market was also helped by the time taken between each Santa photo to make sure everyone stayed healthy, Pipe said.
“The spacing helped out, as we didn’t have a crazy amount of people coming into the market all at once,” she said.