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Last day to visit Santa’s Market

Santa’s Market is a unique shopping experience and continues from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today for the benefit of Santa’s Market is a unique shopping experience and continues from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today for the benefit of Megan’s House at Merry Acres Event Center, 1504 Dawson Road in Albany.’s House at Merry Acres Event Center, 1504 Dawson Road in Albany.

Santa’s Market is a unique shopping experience and continues from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today for the benefit of Santa’s Market is a unique shopping experience and continues from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today for the benefit of Megan’s House at Merry Acres Event Center, 1504 Dawson Road in Albany.’s House at Merry Acres Event Center, 1504 Dawson Road in Albany.

ALBANY, Ga. — Wow. That is the way some visitors to Santa’s Market described the sparkling boutique designed to benefit Megan’s House.

Today is the last day to visit the market with its unique Christmas shopping experience showcasing items unlike any others in South Georgia. The market is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Merry Acres Event Center, 1504 Dawson Road.

The $3 charge at the door goes to support the Easter Seals program Meagan’s House, a respite home for children with special needs from infancy to 17.

Walking out of a shopper’s wonderland of clothing, jewelry, home decor and items so unique as to defy classification, Joy Sheckels of Sylvester held up a shopping bag.

“Oh it was just wonderful. We bought T-shirts, jewelry, hair clips, and a knife for a Christmas present,” Sheckels said. “I even got some hair bows for my dog.”

Once inside the market the Christmas season seems to light up even though it may be a little early. Although Rudolph is presumably getting ready for the big night, he sent a colleague named Ralph to pose for pictures in a Christmas setting with children.

Having a new line of western wear and English tack to showcase, Dawn Gavin of Bennetts West, a part of Mark’s Greenhouse in Albany, said the market, which started Friday, was attracting more people Saturday.

“Today we have more people buying Christmas gifts,” Gavin said. “We started this line in February and so far people really like it.”

With rents from the vendors, the event was planned to make donations to Megan’s House. The house is a place where children who need 24-7 care because they are developmentally delayed or medically fragile, said Carol Hollomon, Megan’s mother, whose special needs daughter died at 14.

“We now have three houses, Albany was the first, Waycross and Valdosta were next,” Hollomon said. “We are a non-profit that operates on a sliding scale. The proceeds from this (event) will go to a scholarship for families who cannot afford it.”