Welcome to the 2015  



Legacy of Caring Gala and Auction, May 15, 2015

Springtime Marketplace, Friday and Saturday, May 22 & 23, 2015 

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Let the Shopping Begin!

Mark your calendars for May 22 and 23 when the Springtime Marketplace comes to Big Canoe! Here you will see the Broyles Center transformed into a bustling array of vendors and artists offering jewelry, clothing, artwork, furniture, bakery goods — and so much more!

The Springtime Marketplace is a must-see for Big Canoe residents and visitors alike. It's a time for some serious shopping if you're looking for unique, hand-crafted pieces of artwork, jewelry, and home accessories. There is no charge to browse around the many treasures to be found at the Marketplace. Shop before or after your home tour on Friday, May 22, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 23, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the vendors, the Springtime Marketplace hosts the Bear Paw Bakery, the Crazy Bear Cafe, Collectors' Corner, and the ever-popular Book Nook. On Saturday, there will even be a Vintage Car Show. Read on for more about the treats and treasures to be found at these Marketplace attractions.

Bake, Buy, or Both! - Bear Paw Bakery Beckons


Our own, “Bearfoot Contessa,” will be at the back of the Broyles Center to welcome you to the Bear Paw Bakery and to the 2015 Springtime Marketplace. The bakery has the sweetest opportunities for you to help support area charities!

First, you can bake something to share: cakes, cupcakes, cookies, coffee cakes, pies, sweet rolls, brownies and bars.  This year we are adding  some salty/savory snacks such as roasted nuts, trail mix, and party mix, as well as diabetic friendly and gluten free baked goods. Don’t forget our four-legged friends. Dog and cat treats are also welcomed. You can bake it now and put it in your freezer or bake it just before the Marketplace and bring it to the Broyles Center between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, or on Friday morning, May 22. All goods should be labeled. Because of food allergies, please be sure to indicate on the label if your items contain nuts. Bakery volunteers will package your goods for sale and price your items.

You can also volunteer your time. The Bear Paw Bakery needs workers Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 21–23. To volunteer, please contact Brenda Bedingfield (706-268-2047) or June Lewis (706-268-1856).

The sweetest thing you can do is purchase a treat! If you have a special cake or pie that you love, you will be able to order it early this year to assure that you have that perfect dessert. Bear Paw Bakery will be open on Friday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 23, from 8:30 until sold out.

Crazy Bear Café - A legacy of Great Grillin' by our Guys


All that shopping and touring sure brings on an appetite! So, count on the Crazy Bear Café to offer sustenance all day, rain or shine. Just follow your nose to the grills near the bell tower and the seating on the patio next to the Broyles Center for breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack and beverage.

Start the day with an Early Bird Special of coffee and sausage and egg biscuits. At lunch get your hamburger, hot dog, or chicken sandwich hot off the grill with all the trimmings and make it a combo with chips and a cold drink. For your mid-morning or afternoon snack, there will be plenty of thirst-quenching cold beverages to go with a sweet snack from the near-by Bear Paw Bakery.

Returning café chair and grill master, Eberhard Noll, and his team of master grill chefs, look forward to serving you during both days of the Marketplace. They will have the café open, rain or shine, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday and from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, as long as supplies last.

Volunteers are always welcomed to join in the fun of cooking on the big grill and then serving up the results. It is pretty much understood that the guys are in charge here! Call or email Eberhard Noll (706-268-1908)  eberhardnoll@yahoo.com

Book shelves overflowing??  Media cabinet full?? WE CAN HELP!   


Beginning in September, donate all of those extra books, DVDs, and books on CDs to the Book Nook by placing them in collection boxes located in the postal facility and the fitness center. Then restock your shelves by visiting the Book Nook on May 22 and 23.

At this favorite shopping spot for book lovers, you can fill shopping bags with best selling hardback or paperback fiction and nonfiction books, pick up a few DVD's for the grandkids, and even get books on CDs for the next road trip—all at unbelievable prices.  Hardback books and trade paperbacks are just .00 each, regular paperback books are 166.00, and CDs, DVDs, and Books on Tape are .00. Fiction is arranged by author and other books are arranged by subject, so finding the perfect volume is easy.  All proceeds from book sales are donated to local charities.

Be sure to plan your day to include a visit to the Book Nook in the lower level of the Broyles Center on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and on Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Call Glenda Molton at 706-268-1595 with questions or to volunteer to be a helper.

Collectors' Corner - A legacy of fabulous finds


An array of treasures pulled from homes all over Big Canoe awaits you at the Collectors' Corner located on the lower level of the Broyles Center. The Collectors' Corner offers a glorious selection of gently used home accessories, furnishings, linens, china, silver, glassware and antiques.  Again this year, the  Corner will have a women’s accessories area to include jewelry, handbags, scarves, hats and gloves.

This is a great place to find unique items at very reasonable prices. Hardly a garage sale, the standard used in accepting items is, "Would you give this as a wedding gift?" 

Bring cash or checks (no credit cards) to make your purchases from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on Saturday.  

If you have items to donate or need further information, please call Verna Rauschenberg 706-579-2249 or Diane LaCharite-Warner at 706-268-1252.