A new date has been set for an event intended to showcase the diversity and talents of Northland residents.
The Northland Community Bazaar is scheduled for Sept. 16 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1450 E. Dublin-Granville Road.
"This will give us more time to get the details in order and will also coincide with Welcoming Week, marked nationally by Welcoming America, to 'bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents,' also the mission of our event," Jenny Lin, head of the Northland Alliance, wrote in an email.
The idea for the event, originally scheduled for Aug. 12, came out of discussions in the Northland Partners for Opportunity group. It will focus on homemade and handmade goods created by residents of the neighborhood, especially refugees and immigrants.
"It was sort of looking like we weren't sure there was the right commitment from different parts of the community," Lin said Aug. 2. "We want to get a bit more steam going there."
Two committees -- one aimed at planning the bazaar and another intended to market it -- have been formed, Lin said.
"Our intention was to create connections among diverse communities through sharing food and crafts," the Rev. Ted Schneider, minister at Unity of Northland and a member of Partners for Opportunity, wrote in an email.
"For example, we talked about women from other countries who do not speak English and rarely go out of the home. We see them creating something from their culture, food or art that they could sell at our bazaar. It would provide them an opportunity to be seen by others.
"These women and others can bring what is distinctive and unique about their lives and share it with others," Schneider wrote. "In this way, we learn about each other and build bridges of shared experience in our diverse Northland area."
"It will be mainly crafts, handmade items," Lin said. "It could also be produce. It could be someone has some particular talent or skill and they want to show it, an opportunity to promote what they do that they otherwise might not have.
"Really, the goal is to find those people in the community who don't have a forum for selling their items or promoting their items."
Taste of Northland
Meanwhile, an event aimed at showcasing the neighborhood's many ethnic restaurants has hit another roadblock.
Northland Community Council Vice President Alicia Ward, who came up with the idea for Taste of Northland, said the recent resignation of the community manager for the local Yelp chapter puts the project in limbo. It originally was planned for July 18.
Yelp, which publishes crowd-sourced reviews of local restaurants and businesses, had been providing funding and was in charge of organizing participation by Northland restaurants, Ward said.
"I don't really know where that leaves us," she said. "We'll have to wait and see what the new community manager at Yelp wants to do with it.
"It's a great idea and I think it would be very well received by everybody. It would be great for the businesses in the area."