Heritage Stables in Merrickville will be hosting a brand-new event on Thanksgiving weekend, which promises all sorts of Fall fun. “Fall for Merrickville” is the brainchild of Merrickville resident, Erin Kergen. She is a marketing professional who moved to Merrickville with her family two years ago from Alberta. She is the owner of Pickle and Myrrh, a small business that makes specialty caramels for various retail locations in the area and by special order.
Last year, she set up a small vendors market at Heritage Stables, where she sold out in minutes. That gave her the idea to invite more vendors to the stable this year, and put on a Fall event for people from near and far to enjoy.
In an effort to keep the local feel, she opened the slots up to Merrickville artisans first, but then extended the invitation to makers from places like Kemptville, Smiths Falls, Gananoque, and Brockville. “I want to showcase the great things that Merrickville has to offer, while still exposing the community to outside vendors,” she says.
Erin has attracted 30 different vendors, who will be setting up shop at Heritage Stables (630 Heritage Drive) on Saturday, October 12, from 10am-2pm. Erin says they have everything, from handmade jewelry and clothing, to homemade baked goods and preserves. Everything you might need for your Thanksgiving dinner, or as a hostess gift to bring to friends or family.
There will also be activities going on throughout the morning and afternoon, including hayrides around Heritage Stable’s impressive property, face painting, and professional photo mini sessions. Some of the boarders at the stable have organized a musical ride, with a show at 11am and another starting at 1pm. Heritage Stables will be running a hot canteen, with apple cider, hot dogs and soup to warm the bellies of hungry visitors. Parking will be available, with attendants on hand to help direct cars and make sure everything runs smoothly.
Erin sees Fall for Merrickville as an event for visitors; but also for vendors to network and meet their customers. “I love that part,” she says about meeting the people who enjoy her caramels. “It’s that face-to-face feedback that is not as removed.”
She hopes that the event will be the first of many in Merrickville, and will help bring people to the community between the busy Summer months and the Village’s popular Christmas in Merrickville event. “I can see this being an iconic staple in our community,” she says. “Come out and experience Merrickville in a whole new way.”