It’s beginning to look a lot like a Holiday Bazaar!

Hello Vendors, Happy Holidays!!

Here are final instructions for your set up this coming weekend.  We look forward to working and speaking with all of you.  Please remember, if you have not liked our facebook page, please make sure you do.  All the information we have sent you is also on our facebook page for review.  facebook:   ftmeadeoscholidaybazaar

**** IMPORTANT ENTRANCE INFORMATION
PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO ENTER FORT MEADE MILITARY POST TO ACCESS THE SCHOOL.
  The entrance to Meade Middle is off of 175 and Disney Rd/ 26th street.  If you go to the Security gates on Meade, you will be turned away. Look for signs to help guide you to the correct entrance.

SET UP – FRIDAY 1830 and Saturday 0800
Set up begins at 6:30 pm (1830) on Friday, December 4th.  You will have until 10:30 to finalize your set up.  Doors will lock at 10:30 and will not be reopened until 8:00 am the following morning.   As we stated previously, we have a large amount of vendors.  Because of this concern, we will be opening at 8:00 am (0800) on Saturday morning, December 5th for those who would like to set up then.  The Bazaar will open our doors to the public at 10:00 am.

For Loading and unloading purposes, you will be able to pull forward to the curve at the main entrance.  We ask that you unload your items from your car and check in.  Then as soon as your items are in the building, please kindly move your car to the parking lot to allow for the other vendors to access the easy load and unloading area.  We do not want to make you have to carry all your items further than necessary.

On Saturday, we will have a parking area for vendors during the show.  The parking area will be marked and at check-in we can show you exactly where it is.
Check In
You will check in and receive your vendor badge and table assignment.  The space is tight, but we believe it will make for an extremely intimate experience for our shoppers.  If you have any Holiday Music or ability to play music at your both, please do!  We will be piping in holiday music over the PA system, but additional carols are very fun and festive!

SANTA
Santa will be arriving at noon.  The Garrison Commander, Colonel Foley and the Command Sergeant Major, CSM Fobes will be welcoming Santa at noon.  We will have a photo op with Santa and then they will be doing their own holiday shopping.  Make sure you say “hello” to them!

THANK YOU
For our vendors only, we will be setting up a small hospitality area for you.  It will have coffee, water, tea and a few prepackaged snacks.  The Retired Officer Wives Club will also provide you with a coupon for a free item from their sweet shop.  Its our way of saying Thank you for choosing us and working with us.

THINGS TO BRING
We will have a few food vendors, however, they will be offering more snacks.  Chick fil A Sandwiches and Pizza will be sold.  However, if none of this interests you, please feel free to bring your own food.  There is also a vending machine in the vendor hospitality room with coke products for purchase.

If you have requested electricity, please bring a power surge protector and an extension cord just in case.

RESPECT
Please remember that this event is being run by dedicated volunteers.  No one is being paid for the production of this Bazaar.  Please work with us if something is not to your liking.  We will work very hard to ensure all your needs are met. We want this to be successful for you.  IF you think something needs adjusting, please let us know.  Remember, this is your event.

I believe that is all we need to get you moved in.

We look forward to seeing you Friday pm or Saturday am.

The Holiday Bazaar Committee

Vendors, please read

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  We are really excited to have you participating in this year’s Holiday Bazaar.

It is almost Dec 5th,  if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  ALL questions welcome, I want to make sure everyone has everything they need to have a successful weekend.

Here are a few things I thought you might like to know:

Advertising~

The Committee has purchased advertising to run in the Columbia Weekly paper, starting the week of Thanksgiving (sales week) and running through our Bazaar.  The reach is about 38,000 circulation.

We will be starting an intense advertisement campaign on Facebook.  The Campaign will begin its run this Friday, Nov 19th and run through the Bazaar.  From what the ad page states, we will hit an average 3,400 facebook users daily in a 35 mile radius of our address.  I think that is some great numbers.  Social media seems to be the way to reach a target.

Instagram and twitter accounts are up and running highlighting all our vendors currently.  Press releases are being distributed to the local TV/Radio and Local papers to be added to their events calendar.  Our Publicity Chair is working on a story in the Fort Meade local Newspaper the ‘Sound Off’, but do not have confirmation to date.  Along with all of the above, we will begin to listed in the event section, we have our information on the Ft. Meade Web site, the electronic billboards and we are sending out a direct mail piece on Nov. 30th that will reach every postal customer on Ft. Meade.

I have attached our new flyers for you.  If you would like to print them out and take them with you.  Please do.

As for the Bazaar itself~

The Holiday Decorations are being provided by Tberries and Florals.  Our local florist shop in the PX.  We are so glad to have them support our event this year.

Santa will be arriving @noon with his elves by Fire Truck.  We will have several Ft. Meade military VIP’s welcoming Santa. We are still confirming the choir, but are hopeful to have holiday carols and hot chocolate greeting Santa.

We have confirmed 110 vendors for our event!  WE are very worried about the set up on Friday, so I am asking for everyone’s help and patience.  Set up will begin at 6:30pm.  However, your set up crew will not be able to begin the layout until 3:30.  Please be patient with us, we will be trying to get everything done!

The Retired Officer Wives Club along with the OSC will be offering all vendors a coupon for the sweet shop.  This coupon will be in your welcome packet.  So if the day get’s long, you can run by the sweet shop for a cookie or piece of cake.  There will be a hospitality area for vendors, with water, coffee and tea.

There will be five food vendors on site.  Their sales from food will directly impact their fundraising efforts for their associated family readiness groups.  For our non-military attendees, the family readiness group supports all the soldiers families; during deployments and or actual daily activities.

We are asking for a $2.00 donation for our event, which goes directly to our Scholarship program.  However, if a donation is made to our Toys for Tots drive, the admission donation is waived.

PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO ENTER FORT MEADE MILITARY POST TO ACCESS THE SCHOOL.  The entrance to Meade Middle is off of 175 and Disney Rd/ 26th street.  If you go to the Security gates on Meade, you will be turned away.

I will be in touch later this week, with MORE information!!!

Kris

Vendors & Guests

Arbonne
ROWC
R.K. Ribbon Designs
Scentsy
Premiere Designs Jewelry
Sweet Annalise
Daddy’s Girl Boutique
Lady Twilight’s Artistic Creations
Sew What Etc.
R&G Crafts
Fantastic Fleece Creations
Clever Containers
It Works!
Nomadés Collection
Polish Pottery of Hagerstown
Bags of Gold
Jars and More
furtastic collars
Posh with Stephanie
Origami Owl
Em’s Handcrafted of Maryland
The Chimera – Crafts and Culinary Arts
Tastefully Simple
Wreath Appeal
Paparazzi Accessories
Handcrafted Pens
Lilla Rose
Ink and Stone
Pure Romance
Tibet Sky Emporium
What A Gem
The Simple Things
Dotties Dips
Shabana
By Hook or Needle
Lola’s Designs
Inna-Vation Jewelry
Juniper Hill Cottage
Barbara’s Crafts- Crochet
Providence Center
Precious Carlo Frames
The Badge Chick
S2 Hooks and Needles
Vivi Designs (Cookie Lee)
The Chocolate Theory
Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry
Natalie Ziegler
Margaret Vincent
Yankee Girl Dry Goods
Stella and Dot
Total Fit Water
Gutter Helmet
Dust Décor
Bathologie Blending Bar
Pierpont’s Creations
Moore Sauces by Leslie
Fairland Books
Yankee Notions
Avon
Local Maryland Authors
The Glass Cocktail
By Nia
Ella Grimes
Mickey Lee Soapworks
Barks&Beads Boutique
Mark’s Special Mission – Author
N the Loop
Enlisted Spouses Club
Roger and Rita Kovach
Berries and Floral
Curls and Coils
Beauty Bright Boutique
Frijja Trends
Melaleuca
American Bottle Cutters
Bracelest to honor Cancer
GirlScouts
Boy Scouts
Bijou Chic
American Design and Build
Hand tied by Karri
The Apple Butter Lady
The Button Press
The Lyon Co.
Garden Art
Simply Elegant Tea
Annies 1 of a kind
Transformation Fitness for Women
Moon Star Adri
Hochepot Boutique
India Hicks
Crafty Crab
Akanksha Maheshwari
Love and Grace
Bay Green Properties
Patricia Page
Imaginations