Annual Marketplace scheduled Nov. 8-10 in Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Marketplace – an annual festive holiday shopping event presented by premier sponsors The Medical Center Auxiliary and Willis Investment Counsel – is celebrating its 21st year November 8 – 10 at the Gainesville Civic Center.

All proceeds from Marketplace 2012 benefit radiation oncology services offered through The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Marketplace Preview Party is Thursday, November 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets for Preview Party are $40 per person ($20 is tax deductible), which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres; a silent and live auction; a return admission to Marketplace; and the chance to shop before Marketplace opens to the public.

General admission is open 9:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Complimentary valet parking and a parking shuttle will be available.

Marketplace will feature more than 70 merchants from eight states including 25 first-time merchants selling unique gift items such as art and books; jewelry and other ladies’ accessories; home accessories; women’s, men’s and children’s clothing; gourmet food; Christmas items; and much more. Gifts will be priced in all ranges from small, inexpensive gifts to unique, one-of-a-kind items such as silhouette portraits. Silhouette portrait artist Edward Casey, Walt Disney World’s former top-selling artist, will be at Marketplace from 3 – 6 p.m. on Friday, November 9. Using only tiny surgical scissors and a small piece of fine quality paper, Casey cuts classical silhouettes completely freehand within three minutes. He also completes 11x14-inch pen and ink profile drawings which are ready the same day. To make reservations, call The Medical Center Auxiliary at 770-219-1830.

Marketplace attendees have the opportunity to meet author James Farmer on Saturday, November 10, at 1 p.m. on the Green Street Porch. James is a Southern author; gardener; floral and interior designer; cook; and garden-to-table lifestyle expert. He is editor for Southern Living Magazine and author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling garden books “A Time To Plant (2011),” “Sip & Savor (2012)” and “Porch Living (2012).” He will be available for autographed purchases of his books for a brief time after his presentation.

Marketplace is The Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser, and each year benefits healthcare services of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. This year’s chairpersons – Kristin Daniel, Emily Embry and Ellen Toms – lead a planning committee of 30 volunteers. More than 150 volunteers will serve during the Marketplace weekend.

For more information about Marketplace, call 770-219-1830 or visit nghs.com/marketplace.