An event in the planning stages since mid-May is about to be unveiled.
The Northland Community Bazaar, designed to showcase the diversity, talents and artistry of the neighborhood, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, on the grounds of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1450 E. Dublin-Granville Road.
"I'm feeling pretty good about it," said Jenny Lin, principal organizer of the bazaar and the head of the Northland Alliance.
"It's not going to be huge, but I didn't expect it to be. We've got a good variety of vendors."
Items that will be on sale, according to a flyer for the event, include jewelry, baked goods, purses made from neckties, bags and bibs, food samples from Iraq, Nepal and other cultures, tea towels and aprons, soy candles, produce from local gardens and prints by a local freelance illustrator. About two dozen vendors are confirmed.
Cititia Smith of Westerville, the illustrator, said this will be the second festival in which she has participated, following the June 3 African-American Cultural Festival in the King-Lincoln District.
"That one went so well and I really enjoyed myself," Smith said. "I just like to kind of show upbeat, fun, colorful illustrations."
As much as she's eager to participate in the Northland Community Bazaar, Smith said she's looking forward to seeing what other vendors will offer.
"I'm interested in seeing the diversity in crafts and skill and talent in the community," she said. "It's such a broad variety, so I'm just interested in learning what else is out there and supporting the other vendors."
Beth Stock, who has been teaching English and citizen preparation to Somali immigrants for 20 years, will bring members of Every Thread Matters to the bazaar.
"One of the needs that has popped up over the years constantly is the women's desire to learn how to sew," Stock said.
Five Somali women who have shown a knack for it now are "capable of creating a marketable product," Stock said.
These include shoulder bags, large market bags and small cross-body bags, as well as wallets that can hold cellphones or credit cards. Since some of the Every Thread Matters women are elderly, Stock said daughters and granddaughters probably will represent them at the bazaar.
"I can't wait to see what's going on," Stock said. "This is new to me, so I absolutely look forward to it."
For Christine Hawks, it will be the inaugural event for her free-trade, social-enterprise bakery, Leavenry Bakehouse.
"Right now it's truly in the startup phase," she said. "I'm working out of a commercial kitchen. This will be my first really public event to come out to and really interact with the neighborhood.
"I'm very impressed by the talent that lives within the Northland community. I think this is a wonderful way to display that. I think it's another good way to remind people what's available."
Interaction is what Lin hopes the Northland Community Bazaar will be about.
"I definitely hope that people, vendors and the people coming to the event will all talk to each other and get to know each other," she said. "The main purpose is really to get different people out together who wouldn't normally be together and talking to each other."
A rain date for the bazaar will be Sept. 30.