By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Historic Quincy Business District is hosting its first Quincy Christkindl market this weekend in Washington Park, and there aren't many complaints that 60-degree temperatures are being predicted.
"Cold and me do not get along," HQBD Executive Director Travis Brown joked.
He added that the tents will be heated as temperatures dip in the late afternoon and early evening.
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, visitors can shop at various vendors, taste German food, enjoy the all-day entertainment and celebrate Quincy's German heritage.
The market is being modeled off the German and European tradition of an open-air Christmas festival. Regionally, Chicago is known for its annual Chirstkindl market.
Nineteen vendors featuring wares from local shops and artists. German food and drinks also will be available for shoppers.
"We kept it smaller on purpose," Brown said. "We wanted to be profitable for the vendors. We want it to be worth their time, and the more we get, the less opportunity there is for everyone to capture those dollars."
The HQBD was in the process of organizing a Christkindl market last year, but it was not feasible.
"We looked at this last year, and we kind of got to it a little late and decided there was no way we could pull it off," Brown said. "If we do it, we want to do it well. We started (planning) in June or July, and it didn't give us enough time. We actually started putting this together in April.
"Our anticipation is this is the inaugural and the first of many annual events in Washington Park."
A tour of five lofts in downtown Quincy will be hosted by Quincy Preserves from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be bought at the market or in advance at the HQBD office, 128 N. Fifth.
"It's going to be a really nice addition for people," Brown said.
Tickets also are still available for the German dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The meal will include an appetizer plate, a smoked pork chop, red cabbage, spaetzle and German chocolate cake. Tickets are $12 and can be bought at the HQBD office; the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York; Kristopher's Hair Studio, 511 Maine; or by calling 223-5700.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Vendor booths open.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Santa in the park.
12-4 p.m. -- Quincy Preserves loft tour.
5:30 p.m. -- Christmas tree lighting.
6:30 p.m. -- German dinner (tickets required).
5-7 p.m. -- Santa in the park.
6-8 p.m. -- The Heidelberg German Band.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Vendor booths open.
12-2 p.m. -- Santa in the Park.