In Juneau, Black Friday has come to be synonymous with the opening day of the Alaska Juneau Public Market, a popular annual event that not only kicks off the Christmas shopping season, but also ushers in the festive and social spirit of the holidays.
Now in its 30 year, the market was established and organized by Peter Metcalfe, and has been held every year at Centennial Hall immediately after Thanksgiving. This year it will be open on Friday from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. As in previous years, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center will also be open with more vendor booths during the same times.
Approximately 170 vendors began setting up their booths last night, a group that convened from 28 cities outside of Juneau, including many other Alaskan locations, such as Cordova, Dillingham and Hoonah, as well as cities down South, such as Portland, Ore., Columbus Ohio, and Bellingham, Wash.
This year about 40 vendors are new to the market. New vendors include Peter Williams, of Sitka, who will be selling sea-otter fur garments; Kellie Walling of Juneau, who will be selling handcrafted baskets and scarves; author Bob Adkins of Haines, who will be offering his new book, “Panhandle Pilot;” Beverly Barker of Palmer, who sells Alaskan-grown beeswax and honey cosmetics; and Lisa Andersson of Hoonah, offering Tlingit hand-painted jewelry, drums, dentillian shell earrings and traditional Tlingit remedies.
Sunday is family day at the market, with a visit from Santa scheduled for 11 a.m., as well as performances from local musicians, door prizes, and gifts for kids.
Admission is $7, with one ticket providing entry to all three days. Entry to the JACC is free. Children under 12 are free in both locations.
For more, visit www.juneaupublicmarket.com.