FAIRVIEW TWP. — A popular mountaintop tavern turned into a holiday paradise on Sunday in support of the area’s volunteer firefighters.
The Broadway Tavern on North Mountain Boulevard hosted its first-ever Christmas Market on Sunday afternoon, with local vendors gathering to spread holiday cheer, sell some of their wares and raise money for the Mountain Top Hose Company# 1.
Event coordinator Joanne Joseph said the idea started when a representative from the Hose Company came to receive a check from Mountain Top Rotary, of which Joseph is a member.
“He was telling us how desperately they were looking for funds,” Joseph said. “I immediately thought, what more can I do to help? »
So the call went out and a group of local vendors and small business owners signed up to bring some joy – and some support – to the volunteer firefighters of the Mountain Top Hose Company, who are working to ensure the safety of the community. .
“Our volunteers are invaluable,” said Jacquie Fine, co-owner of Delightful Confections, which offers delicious homemade baked goods for sale.
Fine said she and her business partner started the business making cocoa bombs for family members, and as word spread, a business was born.
“I kind of discovered it during COVID, like a lot of people found their hobbies,” Fine said, referring to how she discovered her talent for baking.
Up for grabs at Sunday’s Holiday Market were baked goods like Fine’s, Christmas decorations, jewelry, clothing and other accessories, most with an eye for winter.
In addition to vendors, a basket raffle offered even greater chances of bringing home something special for the holidays, while the Mountain Top Hose Company was represented at the Sunday market with a purse raffle, a version of bingo scholarships typical of the department.
“We used to do live bingo, but COVID has rearranged things for us,” said Tiffany Herron of the Hose Company.
Tiffany and Mike Herron, both members of the fire department, were moved and grateful for the support they received from the community.
“It’s overwhelming, the support we’re getting,” Mike said.
The winner of the raffle will be drawn via Facebook on December 4, so for anyone who couldn’t make it to the Christmas market, there’s still time to enter for a chance to win. Those interested could purchase tickets directly from the Hose Company or at several Mountain Top businesses, including Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group, Women’s Boutique and Consignments, and Mountain Top Gold and Coin.
The market also allowed small local businesses to make sales and have the chance to meet people from the community.
Meghan Colburn, of Shavertown-based Minnoe Boutique, just opened her business in August.
“It was great, I was able to tap into the community,” Colburn said. “I met Joanne [Joseph] purse bingo, and I was happy to sign up for it.
With a background in human resources, Colburn recently decided to change course and embrace her lifelong love for fashion.
“One day, I said to myself that I had to follow my passion,” she says. “I’ve always loved fashion, I’m always on the lookout for accessories.”
The crowd was strong to start the day and continued to roll through the tavern in waves as the hours passed.
Speaking about the importance of supporting their local hose business, Joseph noted how much the region depends on the men and women of Mountain Top Hose Company #1.
“As a resident of Mountain Top, I need to be protected,” she said. “All of our homes depend on it…that’s why we did this.”