Altoona Downtown Night Market set for Sept. 14: Event showcases goods and foods

Mirror file photo Visitors to an Altoona Downtown Night Market make their way to various vendors.

An evening of strolling through downtown Altoona and perusing goods from local craft vendors and produce from farmers from the region will return to the area Sept. 14.

The fifth annual Altoona Downtown Night Market — an outdoor event at the Heritage Plaza — will feature vendors from Blair County. The late afternoon and early evening fun will include music, food and acti-vities for the entire family.

The event begins at 4 p.m. and runs through the evening hours until 9 p.m. It gives the public the opportunity to purchase unique and homegrown creations and food, while also getting to see the resurgence of businesses in the downtown area.

“The Downtown Night Market is a community event that not only fosters economic development for local businesses and vendors, but also serves as a great opportunity to reintroduce members of our community to what Downtown Altoona has to offer,” Candy Holliday, event marketing manager at the Altoona Mirror, wrote in an email.

Holliday added, “The mission behind the Downtown Night Market is to bring back the feel of yesterday’s downtown environment; filling the streets with families and embracing the sense of pride we get by coming together as one community.”

The Altoona Mirror, in conjunction with other local businesses, is hosting the event. This trendy, open air market has varied vendors signed on to showcase there.

Holliday said there will be craft and artisan vendors, direct sale companies, food vendors, nonprofits, as well as other area businesses. There also will be entertainment that will include local acoustic musicians, a band, dance group and other area entertainers.

Kelsi Bergmann, owner of OM Crystal Jewelry, will be at the event with her holistic, handmade crystal jewelry.

“My mother has over 30 years of experience in the holistic world; I’ve known about the power of crystals my whole childhood and life,” she said.

Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase varied crystals from amethyst to Baltic amber, all with different healing properties. “We use over 100 stones and crystals,” Bergmann said.

The jewelry will range from pendants, rings, bracelets and necklaces. “Everything is crystal based, we make the jewelry by hand,” said Bergmann.

Another local business who will share homemade goods is Alto Markets of Altoona. Travis Seymore, owner of Alto Markets, said attendees can purchase an array of some of the food offered at Alto Markets, including meatballs, Sicilian rolls, chicken cutlets and chicken parmigiana sandwiches. Jars of Alto Markets homemade sauce will be available to buy as well as gift baskets.

Last year’s event was the first time Seymore’s business showcased at it. “It was good. Last year we had just pretty much opened and it was a good way to get people to taste stuff. It was nice to talk to people who ask where we’re at so we could explain it to them,” he said.

Part of the allure of returning to the event is to again get the chance to talk to the people who visit. “It’s always a good time; I like seeing a lot of people,” Seymore said.

Holliday agrees that the people are part of the attraction of the event and part of what makes it special. “Community is so much more than a place we reside, but a place where we have so much in common with other community members. It is what helps to shape our values, traditions and future,” she wrote.

With community, food, handmade products and entertainment on deck for the evening, Holliday encourages everyone to stop by the event.

She wrote, “This is the perfect event for literally everyone! Spending time with family and friends, shopping and eating, conversations in the streets, all while supporting local businesses.”

If you go

What: Altoona Downtown Night Market

When: Saturday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Where: Heritage Plaza, Downtown Altoona

For more information: Visit the Facebook page: 5th Annual Downtown Night Market or call 946-7536.