Heights merchants, artists to draw big crowds
Between this weekend's big three events - Houston Heights Association's Holiday Home Tour, Holiday on 19th and Mistletoe Madness - the grand old neighborhood's population is sure to swell, and along with it, local charities' and merchants' coffers.
The Home Tour was chronicled in this space yesterday, but Holiday on 19th will assist in the weekend's kickoff from 6-10 p.m. tonight. Merchants on 19th Street will turn the Heights "Main Street" into a shopping wonderland, complete with discounts, live music and people-watching galore. To paraphrase Barbara Walters, show me someone who doesn't like this event, and I'll show you someone who doesn't like people.
Also, merchants have linked up with the Star of Hope Mission to collect new and gently used blankets and new toys. Merchants will offer discounts or free gifts with the donation of a blanket or toy, and many will be donating a percentage of sales from the evening to Star of Hope.
Saturday, the party extends further out as the organizers of Heights First Saturday will offer their annual Mistletoe Madness celebration. From Craftidote, a crafts fair at Antidote Coffeehouse, 729 Studewood, to the sounds of Pat Gavin at C&D Hardware, 314 East 11th, and the First Saturday Arts Market (where, I am told by the Overlord Mitch Cohen himself, there will be over 70 artists showcasing their work), there is really no shortage of things to do. Check out heightsmistletoemadness.com for a full listing of events.
These three events are really the tip of the iceberg, though. Just about every art gallery in the Heights, it seems, (What is that, something like 300-400?) will have an opening Friday and/or Saturday evening. Also, the Sixth Annual Heights Holiday Market will offer a unique assortment of work from local artisans, craftspeople and artists. (Are those really three separate categories? Can't we just use the term Amazingly, Really Talented (A.R.T.) people?) That event is set for 205 Bayland from 2-7 p.m. Saturday. This is one of those great unsung stops around the neighborhood this weekend. Carve out the time and go. Believe me, you won't regret it.
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