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Mistletoe Market returns to Abingdon

October 30th, 2011 6:06 pm by staff report

The William King Museum’s 13th annual Mistletoe Market returns to the Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, located at Exit 14 off interstate 81 in Abingdon, Va., this weekend.

For a $6 daily admission at the door, shoppers can browse booths from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6.

The event — the William King Museum’s largest annual fundraiser — will feature nearly 70 retail merchants from across the Southeast offering holiday decor, gourmet foods, original artwork and handmade pottery, interior and decorative items, children’s items, clothing, books, silver, jewelry, collectibles, candles, ornaments, plants and more.

The market will open on Thursday night with a Prevue Gala beginning at 7 p.m. Gala ticket holders will have the added benefit of advance shopping — prior to the market’s official opening the following morning — while selections are best.

Guests will also enjoy music, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dress is black tie optional.

Tickets for the Prevue Gala are $100. Entertainment will be provided by pianist Dave Collins and the Buccaneer Tuba Quartet.

Sunday is Family Day, and children 12 and under can get their picture taken with Santa.

Abingdon’s William King Museum is the only facility of its kind serving far Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

The Museum, a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, is housed in an historic 1913 former school and is aptly named for William King, an early philanthropist who donated the land for the first school built on the site.

The organization traces its origins to a group of civic-minded individuals who, in 1979, sought to both create a community museum and save an abandoned building.

For more information or to purchase prevue gala tickets by Visa or MasterCard, call the museum at (276) 628-5005.

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