The Humble Civic Center transforms for the Holiday Marketplace in just over a day, from empty space to bustling with holiday shoppers.

For the 22nd time, the Kingwood Women’s Club has been thoughtfully and busily preparing for their largest event of the year. Holiday Marketplace will take place at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Oct. 21 and 22. It’s the club’s primary fundraising event for the numerous local charities they support.

This shopping extravaganza has been a community favorite for years. Numerous vendor booths will line the main ballroom from wall to wall, filling the civic center with the sights, sounds, scents and flavors of the holidays.

“I have always said I wish I could see a time-lapse picture of the civic center from when we get there on Monday morning at 8 a.m. and see how it evolves until Tuesday evening when we leave,” said Clotile Berlin, president of the Kingwood Women’s Club. “I can get emotional thinking about it because it represents what KWC stands for – community, charity, commitment and camaraderie.”

One of the many attractive vendors’ booths shoppers can expect to see.

“My Sister’s Closet will be making its debut at this year’s annual KWC Holiday Marketplace,” said Kathy Adkins, vice president of ways and means. “Diane Blanco, the mastermind behind this idea, has assembled a fantastic committee to help her gather brand-new or gently worn items from our closets – some with even the tag still on them. The selection will vary widely in sizes and attire. Shoppers will just need to be determined to get in there and find that special piece they can’t live without. And the pricing will amaze you.”

The event will kick off Oct. 21. Doors will open Monday evening at 6 p.m. with the fabulous Preview Party, where attendees can shop, enjoy free wine and appetizers, and participate in the always competitive silent auction. Tickets are $30 with advance purchase only. Proceeds will go to Project Mammogram, a program that provides mammogram services to the un- and under-insured.

“We are looking to put a new face on the silent auction this year,” said Carole O’Brien, silent auction chair. “The main focus will be on trips, excursions and experiences.”

My Sister’s Closet committee members from left are: Gloria Dorman, Barbara Hutchinson, Barb Hale, Diana Hertzenberg, Diane Blanco, Bonnie Jaslove, Lisa Radloff and Sandy Turner.

On Oct. 22, all shoppers will be welcomed beginning at 9 a.m. Those tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For $30, advance purchase only, shoppers can also enjoy the delicious champagne luncheon catered by Hometown Chef Catering and sponsored by Leigh Marcus of RE/MAX Associates Northeast.

“It is still a mystery that some people have never heard about marketplace. It’s the best-kept secret in town, I guess,” said Adkins.

Her goal is for many new people to come out and enjoy the annual event and feel good in knowing they are helping the community with their shopping dollars.

Advance tickets can be purchased at The Forest Collection and Gnome Sweet Gnome, both in Kingwood, or online at kingwoodwomensclub.org.

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