Bernie’s Market. Bernie’s Market … Where, 26 Russell Terrace, Macleay Island … Artisan market, hand made, hand crafted, home grown
Bernie’s Market and Social and involve specifically island made goods, produce and artworks providing a great place to meet friends, relax, enjoy the adjacent community library, have a ‘real’ coffee and some great cakes and BBQ delights. These are to be held on the third Saturday of each month from 8.30am to 12.30pm The markets have been named after Bernie Berry an islander who, in 1960, donated the land on which the Progress Hall and the community library now stands.
The day started with a drizzle and looked like rain but by 8am, the time the market opened to the public, the sky had cleared and the rest of the day, though cool, was rain free. My stall was under the verandah outside, between the two doors and around the corner, tables were laid out for coffee drinkers to have a rest along with their coffee and cake.
Inside the hall was packed, and all the stalls were ready for business by opening time. Many of the stalls had Square so people could pay with eftpos or by using their credit card. Opposite the Community Centre and area where the market was held, is Pub Paradise, and further up the Spar Grocery store so if you needed to get cash, it was easy to drop in to the Hotel or store.
The market is every 3rd Saturday of the Month at the Community Centre adjacent to Macleay Island Library, which is also opened Saturday Morning if you wish to borrow books or browse the local Library. At the Entrance, there is a free share box where you can exchange or simply donate any books you have read and wish to pass on. The coffee Bar is very popular and with the new tables and chairs, the setting is very beautiful.
Hope to see you there next Market…..