Market in the Meadow

Market in the Meadow

Are you the type of shopper who’s been to Market in the Meadow so many times over the last 30 years you’ve got your favorite vendors on speed dial and your route through the booths memorized?

Maybe you’re the kind who strolls leisurely through, soaking in the newest trends, discovering treasures in Forest Meadow’s nooks and crannies?

Perhaps you’re the hunter, driven to mark every loved one off your holiday list with a unique gift not available at the mall?

Maybe you’re a social shopper, attending the market with a group of gabbing friends, trying on jewelry and swapping stories in the Charger Café?

Wherever you fall, you’ll find this year’s Market in the Meadow extra-special. The FMJH PTA is honoring MIM chairmen from the past 30 years, and veteran volunteers are planning to return and enjoy the fun. Donors have “ponied up” to the 30 for 30 Club, committing to give $30 each year for the next 30 years. Collections have already exceeded $10,000 in 2013, and funds will be used on programs for students.

Texas Timber Bats

Texas Timber Bats

Booth Chair Sherri Lewis and her committee have recruited 170 vendors from as far away as San Antonio, Pflugerville and Kansas, including 25% new merchants. Here are a few of the newbies she expects to be a big hit.

Spirit Chips makes tortilla chips in a variety of colors which are great served at theme parties, like football-watching, children’s birthdays or holidays.

Texas Timber Bats creates a made-in-Texas baseball bat from Northern White Ash, Sugar Maple or Yellow Birch. They custom engrave it with names, dates and/or messages for your special occasion. Need a baby gift? The bat will be sized to the length of the newborn, wrapped with a blue or pink bow and inscribed with the lil’ slugger’s name.

U Name It Designs is the creative brainchild of Merriman Park mom Julie Wallace, who custom appliques your name, logo or greek letters onto towel wraps, blankets, tees, shorts, pajamas, baby stuff and more.

 

Spirit Chips for Halloween

Spirit Chips for Halloween

Crystal Capture can turn your emailed photo into a desktop crystal etching of your loved one, or they can create trophies for your team’s valued coach or your favorite honoree.

2 M Direct, by LHHS mom Melinda Miller, creates school bows, sorority gear and more.

Brumley Gardens, owned by LH resident Chris Brumley, will bring fall pumpkins, holiday yard art and beautiful home décor.

Has T.Hee Greetings and Gifts really never been a vendor at Market in the Meadow? Yeah, shocked me, too. Well, 30th time’s a charm, and Tony Doles and David Farris will be on hand with special merchandise chosen just for the MIM’s crowd.

Trendzen

Trendzen

Also new will be TrendZen, a mobile boutique specializing in activewear and yoga clothing, perfect for the busy mom popping out of exercise class into a PTA meeting. “We are similar to a food truck, except we serve style.”

There will also 15 different food booths, all offering tasty samples and packages to purchase just in time for the upcoming holidays. Company’s Comin? It’s not just the name of a merchant – it’s a challenge, and these vendors have great solutions.

As always, MIM weekend is packed with performances by LH-area school groups, such as the Wranglers, Highlandettes, cheerleaders, band and pop choirs. Dallas Ballet will send dance troupes, an MPE kids’ rock band is performing, and last minute surprises are in the works. (There’s an entertainment schedule here.)

Market in the Meadow will be held at the school, 9373 Whitehurst, Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 11 to 5. There’s no charge to attend and there’s no fee to park, but finding a spot isn’t easy so pack your patience and wear comfy shoes. See you there!

u name it

U Name It Designs by Julie