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Virtual Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace 2020

November 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020

This year, the well attended and anticipated Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace has gone virtual. Like many events this season being cancelled due to covid-19, the Glen Lake Chamber decided to find a way to hold this shopping event online. “We didn’t want to miss a beat. Whether we pick up the event in person next year or not, we can continue to use the work we’re putting in now and be able to also host it online for years to come,” explains Patricia Widmayer, the event coordinator for the Chamber and owner of Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast and Cottages. While normally we host 25-30 artists in person at the Town Hall with 1,700 people attending, we have about 17 artisans participating to sell their goods online or by phone/email. “With the help of our already strong event following and marketing, we expect this year to still be a success for all who participate.”  Patricia is working closely with fellow artisan and friend Carol Murray, who is helping with the planning and execution of this event. 

The Glen Lake Chamber will be using a Facebook page to post updates and to connect the participating artisans with interested shoppers. Instead of just one day of in-person shopping, this year artisans can reach shoppers for over 1 month. The event will be open and live from November 7th – December 18th. Look for updates on Facebook about the event and details on how to shop:

Connect & Shop Participating Artisans:

Here’s how to shop the Virtual Marketplace: See the following Artisans and their pages to shop online or contact them directly to purchase (in a couple of cases). Have fun and thanks!
Michele Aucello | Kids Arts & Crafts Kits | Shop/Contact via Facebook:
Linda Dewey | Original Paintings & Gifts | Shop online:
Amy Gilmore | Shop her ceramics at:
Dennis Gerathy | Custom Vintage Signs | Find on Facebook at: and contact by Phone to place an order (231)228-4024
Maia Hausler | Shop illustrations on Etsy:
Kirstin Hurlin | Prints available at:
Heather Johne | Jewelry for sale on Etsy:
Tamara Kroll | Fiber available to shop on
Melissa Lande | Photography available to shop on
Marissa Millliron, Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses | Offering wreaths, patio pots, table centerpieces and gift certificates. On Facebook: and shop/order online at:
Carol Murray | Jewelry for sale on
Sue Nichols, Riverfront Fiber | On Facebook at: or contact directly to purchase (231) 334-6088 or by email: [email protected]
Emily Pangborn | Shop Candles at:
Sporck Tile Art | Ceramic Tiles for sale at:
Cookie Thatcher, Bay Lavender | Soaps and Lotions for sale on:
Angela Tomes | Jewelry | Find on Facebook at:
Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes | Shop merchandise at:
Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear | Shop merchandise at:

Additionally, the Tree Lighting & Caroling, a long-time tradition that takes place in front of the Glen Arbor Township Hall – usually timed with the opening of the Holiday Market preview party Friday evening on Thanksgiving weekend. In light of the Holiday Market being cancelled, plus the impossibility to social distance, we decided it would be fun to make a video to post instead, while cancelling the in-person event. Marketing director and local resident, Raquel Jackson shares, “It’s been necessary to make decisions that impact public events for the concern of keeping everyone safe, but I hated to see this joy-filled tradition not happen. Video was the obvious answer to alternatively host the event. We were so pleased when we reached out to the Glen Lake Church and they agreed to help us make it possible. I love the simplicity of the event and the way it brings people together of all ages and beliefs. It will be awesome to see this holiday tradition bring a bit of love and light in a new way.”

The Glen Lake Chamber purchased new LED lights to re-decorate the trees that will be strung up by the Glen Lake Fire Department. Plus, members from Glen Lake Church’s worship team will perform carols with the lighting of the tree, while a local will provide professional video support. The Chamber will pre-record the event, then post the video on Facebook for all to see Thanksgiving weekend.

Graphics and Marketing for the Glen Lake Chamber by Raquel Jackson, Rockwell Art & Design


November 7, 2020
December 18, 2020
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