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Market receives a sunny start

PORT GAMBLE — If the gorgeous weather and steady crowds at the Port Gamble Sunday Market April 4 were any indication of how this year’s market season will be, the vendors are in for a very good year.

The market kicked off its second year with old and new retailers that lined Puget Way with their handcrafted materials. Several of this year’s new vendors said they had such good experiences selling their products at previous Port Gamble events, they decided to make the market a regular part of their schedules.

Howard Legget of Legget Art Studios of Union was one of those new retailers. Based on his positive experience at the North Kitsap Arts & Craft Festival, he decided to see what it would be like to set up shop on a weekly basis. After primarily working with galleries to sell his serigraphs of fish around the Northwest region for about 10 years, he was looking for a new atmosphere.

“It makes sense to now come out,” he said.

The location, as well as the diversity of products from other vendors, also played a part in his decision. He plans on spreading the word around the county about this particular event.

“I’ll definitely PR (the market) down there,” he said about his home base of Mason County.

Mary Brancacio, Judy Jewell and Sharon Peterson of Sequim, who make up Three Hens, were another example of those coming back to Port Gamble. They were situated in the Walker-Ames Mansion during last year’s Port Gamble’s Country Christmas and decided to sell their lavender products during the market this summer.

“We really enjoyed the Walker-Ames House. We had a really good experience,” Brancacio said.

While they were not in the mansion, the trio said they were enjoying their location on Puget Way, with the small town charm and “quaintness.”

“And it’s only one day a week,” Jewell added.

Artist Gail Coupal of Hot Flashs was making a repeat showing at the market based on last year’s experience.

“It’s such a friendly market,” she remarked. “The best market for comfort, friendliness.”

Aside from selling her fused dichroic glass light-catchers and jewelry, Coupal wanted to be a part of the changes that are taking place.

“I really wanted to support the shifts that Port Gamble is going (through),” she explained. The market runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31.

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