Arts fest, town-wide rummage sale set for Roanoke

Kevin May, Kelly Mills and Donna Raines (from left) look through cases of vinyl records at last summer’s Vintage & Handmade Market in downtown Roanoke. The event returns this year on Saturday, May 20, along with a hog roast sponsored by the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department and town-wide garage sales.
Kevin May, Kelly Mills and Donna Raines (from left) look through cases of vinyl records at last summer’s Vintage & Handmade Market in downtown Roanoke. The event returns this year on Saturday, May 20, along with a hog roast sponsored by the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department and town-wide garage sales. TAB file photo.

An arts festival and town-wide rummage sales in Roanoke this Saturday, May 20, will be topped off with a hog roast sponsored by the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department.

The Vintage & Handmade Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Roanoke, with offerings ranging from upcycled furniture to handmade jewelry.

“We have potters and knitters and weavers,” says Perry Collins, who is coordinating the event for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce. “We even have a soap lady.”

Treasures of a different sort will be offered around Roanoke as residents hold garage sales from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Roanoke firefighters will serve up roast pork, sauerkraut, baked beans and applesauce from 4 p.m. until about 6 p.m. at the fire station at First and High streets. Tickets will be sold at the door and proceeds will help buy new rescue tools for the fire department.

While admission to the Vintage & Handmade Market is free, the fees paid by the vendors will provide the funds to pay for entertainment at the Friday Night Street Fairs to be held in downtown Roanoke throughout the summer months, Collins notes.

The arts festival, an annual event, is being held on a new date this year.

“We’re excited because we changed the date from June to May, and we are having a great response from vendors,” he says.

And, he says, the long-range forecast promises a warm, dry day for May 20.

Collins says 44 vendors have signed up to be in Roanoke, and a few more may yet be added. Some of the offerings include bowls and vases made of rolled paper, upcycled wool and cashmere accessories glass garden decorations, bibs and burp cloths for babies, handmade leather bags and hand-lettered signs.

The Roanoke Knit Chicks will also be at the market, offering knitted items they make to raise money for charities.

The Rosary Society of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will hold a used book sale Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, at the church in Roanoke. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Books will be sold by the bag and proceeds will go to the Love INC Unity Feast.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will have a truck at the corner of Vine and Main streets, in downtown Roanoke, on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The truck will accept useable leftovers from the town-wide garage sales and other donations.