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Viking Fair at the Viking Hall (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Viking Fair

Sons of Norway Viking Market 2017
~ 1045 Ford St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Phone: (719) 574-3717 ~ http://www.sonsofnorwaycs.com/ * https://www.facebook.com/events/331423757313378/ ~

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

The Sons of Norway is a heritage and cultural group of Norway celebrating relationships between Nordic countries. They have a lodge called the Viking Hall or Fjellheim lodge in eastern Colorado Springs. Each year they put on a Viking Market hosting a bazaar and brunch. The community and members come together to share arts, crafts, lefse, handwork, collectibles, unique gifts, baked goods, and goods. The bazaar runs from 9 am until 2 pm, with a pancake breakfast around 9 am, and lunch around 11. They held raffles with gifts donated by the various vendors all as a fundraiser for the group. It was a great time. The Tree Leaves Oracle vended its Viking crafts, gifts, and selections of drinking horns, leather works, and goods. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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Tree Leaves Oracle booth at Viking Fair (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=33969) at the Viking Hall, Colorado Springs, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 21, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

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Acacia Park, downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado

Water fountain park downtown Acacia Park

Acacia Park
115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Article by Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions, July 21, 2016

A bit of greenspace in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. It is Colorado Springs’s first city park and was donated to the city by its founder, General William Jackson Palmer in 1871. Most famous for its Uncle Wilbur Fountain that choreographics water fountain displays to music in a jack-in-the-box fashion, a thrill set for kids splashing around and playing in the water during summers. The Park is also equipt with a playground area that the kids’ love. Unfortunately there is a bit of a homeless problem in the park, and in the past has had issues with homeless camping out. Since then, the park has beautified and cleaned up some of the distractions that scared away some patrons. The park has beautiful green grass lots with shade trees, picnic tables, horseshoe rings, shuffleboards, and during the winter on occasion an ice skating rink. On thursdays during the summer there are vendors, crafts, and food from 10 am – 4 pm. Rating: 3 stars out of 5 (Visited 7/20/17) Other Reviews. Also nearby is the water fountain park called America the Beautiful Park where kids can also play and splash around in the fountain water to cool off during the summers.

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Rosewood Market (Columbia, South Carolina)

Rosewood Market
* 2803 Rosewood Dr * Columbia, SC 29205 * (803) 256-6410 * http://www.rosewoodmarket.com/ *

A nice alternative to Whole Foods … this wonderful local natural grocery store and community center has all of your natural, organic, and healthy lifestyle grocery and health needs. Still high priced like Wholefoods (but a bit more affordable), Rosewood Market is worth the support. If you live in or will be travelling through Columbia, South Carolina – this is a great place for grocery shopping and finding out about up-to-date community events. Rosewood Market was opened in 1973, originally as a restaurant called the “Basil Pot”, and began carrying groceries until it took over. The Cafe is spectacular, tasty, and good healthy food. They pride themselves on local foods, fresh produce, organic and free range meats. They have a Deli, cater, and have a outside dining patio. We’ve had the pleasure to visit the store many times, and have indulged in their fine cooking, baking, and creations. Rating 4.5 stars out of 5.


Jackalope Pottery (Santa Fe, NM)


Jackalope Pottery
* 2820 Cerrillos Rd * Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507 * Phone:+1 505-471-8539 *

One of Santa Fe’s star shopping attractions, Jackalope Pottery is a complex of artisan booths and shops based around Southwestern Art and multi-cultured treasures. Created by a self-made entrepreneur named Darby McQuade from Richwood, West Virginia, who was inspired to weave this maze when he moved to Santa Fe in 1976. He began by selling out of the back of his truck near the historic Santa Fe Plaza selling pottery and merchandise we brought back from Mexico. Once funds rolled in, he set out to create the village that is now called “Jackalope” where visitors could experience shopping as entertainment with the treasures they could discover. Now it is one of Santa Fe’s premiere home and garden shopping centers and a five star attraction to the area visited by over 900,000 tourists every year. He has expanded his collections from Mexico to include unique items from India, Thailand, Bali, Africa, China, and Egypt as well. Focused on folk art, ornaments, pottery, handmade furniture, rugs, and hand-blown glass … the garden as well as the indoor shop is a bountiful array of gifts and curiousities. There is wildlife in the trees, hosts a prairie dog village, an animal barn, a plant nursery, a furniture store, a Mercado and a cafe. THere are now more than 1 store in Santa Fe, with additional outlets in North Hollywood California. Personally I found it a bit over-rated as the “Pier 1 on steroids” with items a bit over-priced and generic. Nonetheless, I had a good experience and even bought some trinkets. Rating: 3 stars out of 5, visited 11/22/13.


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Manly Market (Queensland, Australia)

Manly Market
Manly Beach, Queensland, Australia

Every sunday the Manly Creative Markets spreads out its presence in the Little Bayside Park along the Esplanade of the beaching and boating resort of Manly Beach. It runs from 8 am to 3 pm offering a wonderful assortment of hand crafts, Australian local gifts, food, snacks, handcrafts, and farmer’s produce. Lots of Food, fruits s, vegetables, plants, and crafts are available. On the entertainment side offered are kid’s rides, a coffee shop, massage services, performances, and a dog wash. Great place to get gifts!


Borre Viking Marked


Borre Viking Marked
Viking Market / Festival, Borre, Borrekaupangen – the historical Borre Park, Norway: Sunday, 8th July 2012. http://www.borrevikinglag.com/?page_id=961

An amazing trek across the Irish and North Seas, through four countries, three days to reach, three days to embrace, and three days to return … I was taken captive by a Jorvik Viking from York and sailed to this impressive market illustrating the Viking Way of life. It is reknown as one of Norway’s best Viking Festivals and Markets. Focusing on vending, fun, games, entertainment, and ancient craft – it is definitely a highlight not to miss for any history buff. It has been running since 1994 and one of the largest in Scandinavia, with over 12,000 visitors and 500 vikings participating annually. From July 6th-8th, 2012, it was held in Borrekaupangen – the historical Borre Park, Norway, at the base of Viking burial mounds, near the Viking museum, along the Oslo Fjord. The smells, sounds, activities, and environment of all things Viking was had by all, celebrating one of the more impressive eras of Nordic history. Unfortunately I missed the “Vikings only” “kaupang” that preceded the public market occuring all week long involving learning and teaching of dying wool, making shoes, weapons, and other Viking crafts. There were several hundred viking tents with well over 700 vikings from all over Europe – Scandinavia, Ireland, England, Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, France, and many other places. The village was bustling with activity from artisans, musicians, fire performers, jugglers, battles, slave markets, black smiths, cloth dying, and craft creation. Authentic reproductions from the Viking age was of high importance, as each craftsman or artisan researched their wares, art, and creativity based on the same materials, equipment, tools, and weapons that were used in the Viking Age. It is a reflection of the Viking way of life, with everyone wearing the clothes of the period, cooking food over fires, selling their commodities, and doing “Viking business”. I myself, an archaeologist, participated by investigating the use of ceremonial and war body paints based on the colors of the time from woad, madder, indigo, and other spectrums created by what the era produced. Designs were tricky especially as the public wandered through the day with modern kids wanting modern designs and trying to lure them to the designs of the day. The musicians, storytellers, performance art, and ritual to commemorate the burials nearby were fantastic. Viking warfare, battles, and re-enactments of games, feuds, and commerce were stunning. Lots of activities were had for the children. Friday saw a public marking running from 2 pm until midnight, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, with a grand feast for all the Vikings Saturday night. Parties all night, and the market running from 11 am until 6 pm on sunday. This event was more than stunning, it was phenomenal … Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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The Ferocious Mingle Market (Dublin, Ireland)

The Ferocious Mingle Market
The Ferocious Mingle Market

The Ferocious Mingle Market
* Thursdays to Sundays * 72 Thomas Street * Dublin 8 * Ireland * (086) 0282344 * Hours: Thu-Sun 11:00 – 18:00 * http://www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt * http://www.thejosiebaggleycompany.com/pages/FerociousMingleMarket-info.htm *

A great little odd and bizarre market open every thursday to sunday in the heart of Dublin’s Medieval district. Hidden behind a candy store is a passage back into time, a time of Steampunk visions and vintage affair. Live music sounds out every saturday and sunday with a cafe serving up a mean coffee and cake. Antiques, collectibles, art, vintage fashions, and oddities await. Much of the market takes on a “Steampunk” ambiance and flavor with an assortment of steampunk collections, gifts, and offerings. Every Sunday is fancy dress with costumes galore. After my first visit I was inspired to believe it would soon become a regular hangout! I vended the event once and had a splendid time (even though didn’t make much it was a great event). Every Second sunday it branches out to the Dublin Food Co-op for fancy dress goodness. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. [rating:5] ~ Leaf McGowan: visited 3/4/12, 3/24/12.

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Reddacliff Place, Brisbane, Australia

Reddacliff Place
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Every day during my gig as a tour guide for the HMB Endeavour, I would walk through Reddacliff Place. Reddacliff is also known as Brisbane Square. Its a great little market square located between the Victoria Bridge and Queen Street Mall, at the base of Brisbane Square across from the Treasury Casino. Wednesdays it is home to a farmer’s and crafter’s market, and other days of the week have various other activities taking place in it. Modern art dot its landscape with giant metallic balls giving light in some humor that “Brisbane has balls”. It is strictly a walking square, as bicycles are not permitted, though now has some bicycle racks provided.

One of my favorite little hotspots in Brisbane’s City Center was the Brisbane Square, as it was often frequented by markets and sales. Brisbane Square is a small city block square at the foot of a high-rise building called “Brisbane Square” which rises 151 meters tall with over 38 floors which is primarily used for office spaces, the lower floors for commercial retailers, and the underground hosting upwards of parking for 350 vehicles. This is also currently the home location for the Brisbane City Council and Suncorp. The square is bounded by George Street, Queen Street, Adelaide Street, and William Street. It faces the Treasurey Casino on Queen State as well as the Law Courts Complex on Adelaide. The building and square was designed by architect Denton Corker Marshall. The skyscraper was completed in 2006. The square is home to many different markets from produce vendors, home-made crafts, to giant yard sales, and cultural events. The square has numerous modern art sculptures and monuments. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Leaf McGowan.

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Brisbane Square

Brisbane Square
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

One of my favorite little hotspots in Brisbane’s City Center was the Brisbane Square, as it was often frequented by markets and sales. Brisbane Square is a small city block square at the foot of a high-rise building called “Brisbane Square” which rises 151 meters tall with over 38 floors which is primarily used for office spaces, the lower floors for commercial retailers, and the underground hosting upwards of parking for 350 vehicles. This is also currently the home location for the Brisbane City Council and Suncorp. The square is bounded by George Street, Queen Street, Adelaide Street, and William Street. It faces the Treasurey Casino on Queen State as well as the Law Courts Complex on Adelaide. The building and square was designed by architect Denton Corker Marshall. The skyscraper was completed in 2006. The square is home to many different markets from produce vendors, home-made crafts, to giant yard sales, and cultural events. The square has numerous modern art sculptures and monuments. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Leaf McGowan.

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The Phoenix Flea Market (Canberra, Australia)

The Phoenix Flea Market
* Phoenix * 21 East Row * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * * 2601 * (02) 6247 1606 * http://www.lovethephoenix.com/ *

The Irish ultra-cool hip hangout in Canberra, Australia known as the “Phoenix” celebrates its connection with the arts and alternative culture by hosting a sunday Flea Market where vendors can come and sell their art, creations, wares, used goods, and treasures. Its a definite trendy move for alternative bars and establishments today to have a market once in a while, monthly, or even weekly. I’ve become a great fan of these moves by venues as I think it is an extroadinary motion on their behalf – supporting the arts, community, local culture, alternative subcultures, and home based merchants. I feel the Phoenix has a great potential with their market and idea. During our participation in the market, unfortunately due to a bus strike during Easter sunday weekend, we were the only participating vendors and clientele was at a minimum. We still had a blast, good time socializing, and face painting. Visited 4/24/2011. Reviewed 11/15/2011 by Leaf McGowan, technogypsie.com.

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2010 Colorado Faerie Festival

Colorado Faerie Festival
* August 7, 2010 * Vermijo Park * Colorado Springs, Colorado * http://coloradofaeriefestival.com/ *

More or less a market rather than a festival … this gathering of vendors, costumed faerie folk, Renaissance faire enthusiasts, and wandering-bystanders came together in Vermijo Park in downtown Old Colorado City – a suburb area of Colorado Springs. It was the first event of its kind to hit Colorado Springs as it was focused to cash in on the faerie craze across the country. While poorly attended and not very advertised, it still drew a curious all ages. In its beginnings, it had a decent amount of vendors show and set up with an assortment of fine goods, crafts, and art. Several food vendors set up in the parking lot. Parking was a little difficult towards the late afternoon. As not much entertainment was scheduled outside of the vendors, the band “Radio London” played the ballfield diamond. As the event was billed for 10 am to 6 pm – afternoon winds and threatening rain storms dispersed the remaining crowds mid-afternoon. There were some great costumes. Sue of the Vermijo garden welcomed attendees into the garden for a nice tour and painting of rocks for the garden spirits. Overall it was a fun day. The event was free for the public and had pricey booth spaces for the vendors. Granted I might be biased as I’ve travelled around the world to many extroadinary faerie festivals, but this was not one of them. Rating: 1 star out of 5. Maybe 2011’s will be better.

This was the view unfortunately for most of the day

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Chronicles: August 7, 2010: Colorado Faerie Festival and Preparations for Burning Man

Exploring and Vending the Colorado Faerie Festival

Saturday, 7 August 2010
* Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf packed up his Steampunk Time Travelling “Isis Adventure” Van/vardo with Tree Leaves Oracle merchandise and at the wee hours of the morning, heading out to Vermijillo Park where a supposed portal would appear for a manifestation of faeries as the “Colorado Faerie Festival“. As excited as he was for a Colorado gathering of Faeries, he was a little on the edge of caution and hesitance with this festival as no one in the local Faerie/Faeid/Otherkin/Pagan communities were aware of who this organizer who was putting it on was or where he’s from, or his intent with all this. Regardless about what the Colorado Spring fae were saying, Sir Leaf figured he should vend it and give it a chance (even though it had the ridiculous price tag of $100 for vending at a poorly advertised event with no entertainment to speak of except the vendors). (He’s used to vending Pagan festivals and community events where the merchant booth is usually $5-30 for a day, and most 3-5 day outdoor festivals at $30-100 for the full week) (Unless its a “commercial” based venue that is guaranteed to attract “thousands” of attendees … which this certainly was not)

Sir Thomas Leaf arrived at the park and set up as quick as he could. Vendors had already started setting up camp. Alot of work for a half day venue. (10 am to 6 pm) It took awhile to find the organizer who was busy coordinating and helping people set up. Leaf’s enthusiasm started to turn upwards as he began to think it would be a good turnout and maybe some of the fae commmunity would be coming and maybe his attendance would be worthwhile. Wouldn’t see any of the local Goth community he figured as they were having their annual picnic in the park elsewhere even though he tried to lure them to move their picnic here.

Sir Thomas Leaf’s friend Lady Sue came by and set up the Vermijillo Community Garden into a Faerie Garden of sorts to entertain attendees. While no officially part of the festival, it brought joy and community spirit to the event. She had rock painting and gave tours of the garden. She also introduced Leaf to her most wonderful Little School on Vermijo. He met her wonderful sons who wanted to come on board as crewmates with his upcoming Pirate ship at Pirate Relief. Sir Thomas highly admired Lady Sue’s most wonderful faerie costume and wings. Especially the little catchy phrase on the back of the wings … (See picture below).

Some of the vendors had some good setups and selections – that was promising. Luckily he scored a good parking spot before they were all gone as parking became a problem quickly as the morning progressed. His friends Kathy and Rocky showed up and helped him watch the booth as well as adding in some of Kathy’s spectacular faerie wings. Busy packing and unpacking, fighting some wind gusts coming in through the park (as usual breaking something or other). Leaf’s roommate Q showed up to do some professional photography and some local as well as long distance fae appeared in full garb as well as some Renaissance Faire folk. Some young fae played in the park and some of the attendees did add in some entertaining spirit as they frolicked around the park as they all awaitied the musical entertainment to show up. (which was pretty late into the day after much of the crowds left earlier) Radio London by late afternoon was set up and started performing (unfortunately as storms threatened in the skies and winds played mischief on the booths). Attendees had fun though little purchasing took effect for the merchants.

As attendance disappeared since there was no entertainment to keep the attendees captivated to stay all day. Add in threatening skies with merchandise blowing over and breaking – it was time to call it quits Sir Leaf thought. As he packed up he noticed other merchants had the same idea as the bulk of them starting packing down (few hours earlier than billing had it to end). Leaf was disenheartened that he was coming out at a loss and surveyed some of the other vendors finding that most of them came out at a loss. This wasn’t really a “festival” persay, it was more of a “market” Leaf thought. The organizer was kind enough to ask how he did and after telling him the low sales – the organizer cut the price of the booth to make up for some of the loss as he last minute paid for the booth. This act of community, combined with how un-organized and non-chalant the event was especially with getting the booth fee till the very end – started to make Leaf feel the organizer might actually be community oriented rather than profit oriented. That he liked and started to believe there might be hope for this Colorado Faerie Festival enterprise that this guy set up. He had positive news to report back to the local fae.

However, it was to be played with caution as the organizer was not part of the local fae community nor had he made any attempts to including them in this venture. Leaf himself had learned about the festival just a few weeks prior, barely enough time to plan for it and get the booth into it … but was very appreciative for being permitted such late entry. Positive things were said about this organizer through the vending circle though … so hope was made on the upswing that this might be beneficial for the local community after all. Apparently though, much to Sir Leaf’s surprise, he discovered that this organizer was planning a Faerie con called Mysticon. Of course it was oddly mimicking the organizational layout of Faerieworlds with its Good Faerie/Bad Faerie Balls and too similarly named after Mysticon in Virginia that has been around since the 1980’s. Copycat-ing is never received in good taste. Not to mention there is already a science fiction convention in the same hotel at the same time called Cosine. It just doesn’t look well thought out, Leaf pondered.

It is important to research what is already existing and not to copy something already in place. It is important to be Unique and not ride on the coat-tails of others. “Oh Well”, Sir Thomas Leaf figured … He’ll check out the web site and see what its all about. The organizer, while not Fae, seemed to be a nice guy … and maybe for once, someone is really out to do something nice for the fae … rather than try to cash in on them. (Put the faerie in a cage and charge admission to see them ~ old Victorian stunt)

Sir Thomas Leaf, Sir Rocky, and Lady Kathy all caravaned to Sushi Ring for a fabulous “All you can eat” Sushi feast. Good times, good eats. After bidding farewell, Sir Thomas Leaf returned to the Hobbit Hole Cottage in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain. Unpacked his inventory and settled into a early night with some blogging and research online.

After that evening’s research on the event, Leaf decided he would NOT vend Mysticon because of those above elements, because of lack of faerie community support or inclusion, and because the event was obviously “commercially” driven rather than “community” driven with yet poor advertising as was evidenced with this festival. Plus he noticed there was no listed entertainment and didn’t have much online about the event. Yet they were charging $350-400 for a booth. “Really?” Leaf thought … “Are they crazy?” He decided then and there he would not be part of it. Leaf had an inbox full of invites from travellers to the Burn that were willing to port his gear for him if he flew in with his air elf friend. Off to sleep … dreaming of his next adventure …. and how packed his life was with travels … sad that he didn’t have a partner to share it with, to travel with, but realizing that because he was constantly on the go travelling around he doesn’t leave much of a chance for partner’s to grow and meld with him since many of them can’t pick up and go on the crazy adventures with him. “Sigh” fluttered Leaf. Off to sleep. [Close or inner circle friends of Leaf can read his views on being single on Livejournal or Facebook.]

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Colorado Springs Flea Market

Colorado Springs Flea Market

* www.csfleamarket.com * 5225 East Platte Avenue * Colorado Springs, CO 80915-3514 * (719) 380-8599 * Sat-Sun: 7 am – 4 pm *

A great place marketed to sell your household and craft goods – Colorado Springs Flea Market advertises themselves as the premiere place to host your garage sale. Every city has them, each one is unique in its own way. Its a place to buy, sell, bargain, and enjoy a family outing – food, entertainment, and vendors galore. They host up to 500 vendors throughout Colorado at this market on a 30 acre paved site with new and used merchandise, and open year round every weekend with plenty of free parking. Admission is $2 with kids 12+ free. Sometimes live acts bless the space with musical entertainment and a food cart is driven up and down the aisles. I enjoyed my time there even though my new metaphysical merchandise didn’t sell too great. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


American Classics Marketplace (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

American Classics Marketplace
*1815 North Academy Blvd * Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909 * 719.596.8585 / 719.574.2049 * http://www.classicsmarket.com/ *
A large warehouse with hundreds of antique dealers with booths all blended together as one super-store. The entire complex is a maze of consignment booths from local antique dealers. The variety of goods is overwhelming and cannot be fully shopped or browsed in a day. While each booth is unique, priced, and run by different merchants, the merchants are seldom around, as you gather your items and pay at the cashier at the entrance/exit of the warehouse. Many sales are happening weekly making the bargains even more incredible. There are also some craft dealers and artisans present. Because the store is so large, you might need to hunt down a staff person for assistance even though there is a large staff presence at all times. While we only spent 4 hours in the store, it was pretty amazing. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


Hilo Farmers Market

Hilo Market

Hilo Farmers Market
downtown Hilo, corner of Mamo Street & kamehameha Avenue * Big Island, Hawaii * http://www.hilofarmersmarket.com/
Every wednesday and Saturday, from dawn to dark, is the infamous Hilo Farmers Market nestled in the heart of the historic center. Here over 200 local farmers and craftspeople come to sell their produce, fruits, wares, crafts, and tropical flowers. One of the best, and cheapest, places to get fresh vegetables and tropical fruits of a large variety and assortment including organic produce. Often found are cherimoya, jaboticaba, jack fruit, lychee, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, rambutan, soursop, strawberries, white pineapple, baby ginger, bitter melon, bok choy, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, sweet corn, warabi, bonsai plants, herbs, orchids, protea, anthuriums, awa, coconut, jelly, tamales, bread, seafood, beads, drums, clothing, jewelry, shell anklets, t-shirts, woodworks, and much much more. Of course during my visit, I was captivated by the various assortments of tropical fruits of which I indulged greatly in. Definitely a hot spot for any travellers coming through Hilo. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Kawika with some mangoes

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Celebrations Colorado Springs Metaphysical Fair (April 2009) (Colorado)

Celebrations Metaphysical Fair

Celebrations Colorado Springs Metaphysical Fair
Bi-Annually around April and October. April 17-19, 2009. Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 22 E. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.celebrationfair.com/
One of Colorado Springs metaphysical shoppes for the last 20 years has been throwing a bi-annual metaphysical fair each year that grows vividly every year hosted. Their theme is for spirituality, divination, personal growth, and independent thinking. A typical “New Age” fair blending with the metaphysics, they’ve been serving the Colorado community for 20+ years. Hosted in the 1924 historic Colorado Springs City Auditorium, that they mention is home to many spirits and ghosts, it brings a focal point to the city’s history and energies. Continue reading Celebrations Colorado Springs Metaphysical Fair (April 2009) (Colorado)


Pike’s Place Market (Seattle, Washington)

Pike’s Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike’s Place Market * http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/ * 1531 Western Ave * Seattle, WA 98101 * Pikes Place / 1st Ave

A fabulous street mall and interior mall complex of shops, gifts, food, produce, restaurants, cafes, bars, and entertainment. Home to many street performers, and just watching the fishermen sell their sole provides humongous entertainment as one visits this historic venue and tourist attraction of downtown Seattle. 9 acres long, and over a hundred years old, its home to unique and interesting stories from immigration, to internment, gentrification, and urban renewal. It is because of this that its often referred to as the “Soul of Seattle”. Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. Outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. Customers would “Meet the Producer” directly, a philosophy that is still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses. On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. Since that date this market is internationally recognized as America’s premier farmer’s markets and hosts over 200 year-round commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople, and 120 farmers who rent table space by the day. Over 240 street performers and musicians; and 300 apartment units, most of which house low-income elderly people. “The Market,” as the locals affectionately say, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington’s most frequently visited destinations. Every time i visit downtown I stroll through this wonderful venue. Its top rate. Rating : 5 stars out of 5.

Pike’s Place Market, Seattle, Washington