The themes of Black Friday and the Snow Owl Market, its symbol the cotton-white visage of the referenced bird, could not be more stark.
Black Friday, of course, is a military strike executed by jackbooted thugs high on the smell of coupons and the fear of the shopper next to them. Blood will be spilled. Taking place in Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village on Small Business Saturday, Snow Owl Market is a serendipitous gambol, a laid-back communion of creative souls and people looking for a gift with spunk. Free drinks will be spilled.
“We’ve worked really hard to bring in a wide variety of vendors that will appeal to different age ranges and demographics,” says Chris Gaidry, during a break while shopping for the white Christmas trees that will contribute to the “wintery, holiday spirit” at Snow Owl Market. Asked what the biggest draw will be, his response comes quickly and with a laugh: “Probably the free alcohol.”
Snow Owl Market is a seasonal spin on the Night Owl Market in FAT Village and the other indie-craft fairs that Gaidry and his partner, Amanda Weiner, have been putting on around South Florida for the past five years, including Stitch Rock in Delray Beach and the City-Wide Market at Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium.
This weekend’s market, taking place in coordination with the monthly FAT Village Art Walk, can be found at 517 NW First Ave. It will include more than 60 vendors selling handcrafted goods, vintage items and other “interesting” pieces, as well as a herd of food trucks.
Crafting may once have been a “passing fad,” a refuge of the underemployed, Gaidry says, but has in recent years become a serious business for many vendors. All Snow Owl Market applications are vetted by seasoned experts, Gaidry says.
“We don’t have people gluing google eyes on a paper plate and calling it art,” he says. “We want to make sure they are invested in their art themselves.”
Gaidry, like Weiner a Fort Lauderdale native, believes FAT Village is about to take off, a rise fueled not only by the residential construction going on around it, but by newcomers from the south. He and Weiner make regular trips to the Wynwood Art Walk to market the FAT Village walk as an alternative.
“They’re really surprised. It’s organic. Artists making art, not necessarily as a commercial business. They say, ‘Wow, I didn’t even know this was here,’ ” Gaidry says. “[FAT Village] is what Wynwood used to be. People are starting to talk about it.”
Next up for the duo is the Retro Rodeo Dec. 14-15 at the Bergeron Rodeo arena in Davie. Admission to this one is $3, $5 for two days. But come on a horse, and you’ll get in free.
Admission to the Snow Owl Market is free (donations accepted for nonprofit FAT Village Arts District and the Flagler Village Community Garden), as are the wine and beer, including Goose Island IPA. For more information, go to the Snow Owl Market Facebook page.
You can shop small on Black Friday, too, with the Record Store Day offerings at your local vinyl shop. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Radio-Active Records (845 N. Federal Highway) in downtown Fort Lauderdale will have a bunch of special releases for sale by the likes of Nick Cave, Nas, the Flaming Lips, Dave Matthews Band, U2, Charles Bradley and Queens Of The Stone Age, among others. There will be live music from the hell-raising Remembering Never, celebrating the release of the album “This Hell is Home,” as well as Killmama and Yankee Roses. Ms. Cheezious will serve from noon to 5 p.m. Info: 954-762-9488, Facebook.com/RadioActiveRecords, RecordStoreDay.com
YOUNG AND WILD
Singer-guitarist Ricky Young of the Wild Feathers says the Nashville-based indie-rock quintet is fairly awestruck to be on next weekend’s Lauderdale Live bill with some of their favorite up-and-coming acts, such as Shovels and Rope, Holly Williams and Jason Isbell. For a peek at what the Wild Feathers will bring to the party, check them out Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Lauderdale Live, with headliners Lyle Lovett, the Indigo Girls, Robert Randolph and Huey Lewis, is Dec. 7-8 (with preview parties on Dec. 6) on Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Info: LauderdaleLiveMusic.com.
AMBROSIA & VANILLA FUDGE
While we're still in the giving-thanks mood, remember that on Saturday there's a local effort to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines with a free classic-rock concert at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. Performers include Ambrosia, Melanie, Wayne Nelson of Little River Band, Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge, Terry Sylvester of the Hollies, saxophonist Phil Kenzie and the Livesays performing from 5 to 11 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Biocol Clinic Foundation, created by local physician Dr. Mitchell Schuster, which has two clinics in the Phillippines. A silent auction, raffles and a by-donation meet-and-greet with some of the performers are among the ways to contribute. More info: BicolClinic.org.
Bonnie Raitt’s Saturday show at Hard Rock Live begins at 8 p.m., which is when Irish singer-songwriter Paul Brady opens the evening. It’s a set you shouldn’t miss: “He is revered to the level of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in Ireland,” Raitt says. Info: 954-797-5531 or go to MyHRL.com.
By the time you finish on Saturday at Bal Harbour Shoppes, you may just want to pass out in a heap of holiday cheer. Or you could spread out on a plush couch for a free-popcorn screening of “Man of Steel” during the Movies on the Beach event on the sand behind ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa (10295 Collins Ave.). Admission is free, and valet and public parking are available. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Info: BalHarbourFlorida.com.
The city of West Palm Beach’s only-in-Florida holiday celebration will kick off on Thursday, Dec. 5, with the annual lighting of its signature sand-sculpture tree, this one weighing in at 600 tons. (OK, whose beach is missing some sand?) The 6-9 p.m. waterfront Sand and Sea-Sun's Greetings party coincides with a Clematis by Night performance by country singer Randy Houser (“How Country Feels,” “Running Out of Moonlight”) and features a nine-hole mini golf course, four additional 25-ton sand sculptures, a free circus by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performers and more. Info: WPB.com/Waterfront.
PASS THE EGGNOG!
Get your other holiday ducks in a row: Christmas on Las Olas is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Boca Raton’s Holiday Street Parade is Dec. 4, Light Up Sistrunk is 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Boca’s Holiday Boat Parade is Dec. 7, the Pompano Beach Boat Parade is Dec. 8, the Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale is Dec. 14, same night as the Delray Beach Holiday Parade. Also Dec. 14 is Boca’s annual No Snow Ball, featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, the Fray, Five for Fighting, Parachute and ZZ Ward. Info: FrontgateTickets.com.
South Florida loves its Billy Joel. Tickets are on sale now for a second show on his tour stop at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Jan. 11. He’ll also play there Jan. 7. Info: LiveNation.com.
I bumped into someone the other night who registered surprise when I said that JJ Grey had been added to the second annual Sunshine Blues and Music Festival in January at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. That wasn’t news to you, right? Grey is on the bill with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Galactic, Leon Russell, Hot Tuna, Stanley Clarke, the Ringers (with Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring), Tab Benoit, Bobby Lee Rodgers and Oli Brown. Info: SunshineMusicAndBlues.com.