Fall in love with Virginia

Published 11:11 pm Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The “Fall in Love with Virginia” market will make its fourth annual return on Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Governor’s Pointe Shoppes.

After a hot and dry summer, many Virginians will welcome autumn with open arms this year.

To celebrate many of the Virginia season’s most anticipated and treasured products, the Governor’s Pointe Shoppes will host its fourth annual “Fall in Love with Virginia” market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“There are so many great things that are made in Virginia, we wanted to do an outdoor showcase of Virginia businesses, farmers, artists and companies that are all located here or were invented here,” said Ruth DiGeroge, owner of A Tisket, A Tasket gift shop.

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The outdoor market will feature Virginia artists selling works of art such as hand-blown glass, stained glass, photography, pottery and hand-made jewelry.

Visitors also can sample and purchase gourmet delights from local eateries and producers including Rowena’s, Sabrosa Salsa, Russell’s Seafood, The Greek Market and More Than a Relish.

Local produce and fall favorites including gourds, pumpkins and mums will also be on hand from Suffolk Master Gardeners and Batten Bay Farms.

“There is so much talent and richness here,” DiGeorge said. “I try to carry things here in the store, [Katody’s] carries much of the art and [Bon Vivant] has many Virginia wines. If someone gets hooked on something at the market, they can come back and get it through the stores here.”

Tae-kwan-do demonstrations and Sentara BelleHarbour also will be on site.

“It’s such a community event,” DiGeorge said. “Even the vendors are representative of the community. We have many that come as far as Richmond or the Eastern Shore, but many are located right here in Hampton Roads.”

Four years ago, the event began with roughly 1,200 people, which grew to 1,800 the next year and 2,200 last year.

“One of my favorite things is the amount of people we draw from the area,” DiGeorge said. “It’s great to see so many neighbors and friends outside enjoying the weather, the music, the shopping and the food. Everyone is ready for the change in season, and there’s so much excitement in the atmosphere.”

The Governor’s Pointe Shoppes are on Route 17, halfway between Interstate 664 and the James River Bridge.

For more information, call 238-3883.