Inaugural German Holiday Market in Francestown is a success

Shoppers at the first Francestown German Holiday Market on Saturday. 

Shoppers at the first Francestown German Holiday Market on Saturday.  COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Volunteers from the Francestown Recreation Committee cleaned out and decorated the historic Francestown horse stalls for the German Holiday Market on Saturday. 

Volunteers from the Francestown Recreation Committee cleaned out and decorated the historic Francestown horse stalls for the German Holiday Market on Saturday.  COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Christina Wormell with her Queen of Tarts patisserie business selling French pastries.

Christina Wormell with her Queen of Tarts patisserie business selling French pastries. COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Steve Berry with his Woodworks by Steve birchwood reindeer, charcuterie boards and bluebird houses.

Steve Berry with his Woodworks by Steve birchwood reindeer, charcuterie boards and bluebird houses. COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Ryan Morin with his Night Owl Rustics LLC wood products.

Ryan Morin with his Night Owl Rustics LLC wood products. —COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Shanna Allen, right, selling her Choo-Choo’s Cheesecakes.

Shanna Allen, right, selling her Choo-Choo’s Cheesecakes. COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Theo Groh, who sold German food under the name of Theo’s Deutsche Kuche (Theo’s German Kitchen).

Theo Groh, who sold German food under the name of Theo’s Deutsche Kuche (Theo’s German Kitchen). COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Market manager Pamela Berry with her Cards by Pam business.

Market manager Pamela Berry with her Cards by Pam business. COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

Michelle Clark, right, with her Michelle Clark Photography business.

Michelle Clark, right, with her Michelle Clark Photography business. COURTESY PHOTO BY PAMELA BERRY

By JESSECA TIMMONS

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 12-04-2023 1:38 PM

Modified: 12-08-2023 10:42 AM


Hundreds of holiday shoppers attended Francestown’s first outdoor German Holiday Market on Saturday at the Francestown Meetinghouse horse stalls.

Organizer Pamela Berry, manager of the Francestown Community Market, said the vendors were thrilled with the outcome of the new event.

“It absolutely could not have worked out any better. My heart was just absolutely full to look around and see all these people,” she said. “I could not be more grateful that we were able to have such a successful day for our vendors, and for our community. We were pretty nervous about the timing because it was in between two storm systems, but the weather held off and it was a huge success. There were cars parked everywhere. People came from all over the place; a lot of people didn’t know about it, and just pulled over.”

Berry said the hot mulled cider was a huge hit, and that every food vendor had brisk sales, with some even running out of food by the end of the day.

“Everyone said to me, ‘Please, please do this again next year!’ ” Berry said. “Everyone thanked us for bringing the community together. It was just absolutely amazing.”

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