IRHS band to host holiday market with music

People can get season’s greetings and season’s shopping from Indian River High School Band this weekend, as the Indian River High School Band Boosters will host a Holiday Shoppers Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While enjoying complimentary snacks and soft drinks and live music by IRHS music ensembles, people can do some holiday shopping at Cripple Creek Country Club.

Vendors include Avon, LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Younique and more. There will be sporting goods, jewelry, crafters, personal products and more.

“There is a little bit of something for everyone. We’re very excited,” said organizer Jenifer Mohler. “It’s great if you’ve heard about all these little companies and online parties. If you’re like me,” she said, and prefer shopping in person instead of online, “it’s great to be able to see what you’re buying without the hassle of having to return it. It’s also a great way to support the band and the community, because everyone that’s coming is local. … You’re supporting local businesses.”

Guests can also win prizes in the raffle. Tickets will be sold all day, and winners need not be present. Many local vendors have donated items for the drawing. Other vendors will donate their day’s commission to IRHS Band Boosters.

“The more people, the more money spent, the better the band does,” Mohler said.

Proceeds benefit the IRHS Band Boosters, which supports the school’s whole music program.

“The money that is collected help buy new instruments, get [us] ready for our spring trip, which is going to Williamsburg, Va., this year,” Mohler said. “And we’re also hoping to get new band uniforms in the next two years. … Instruments always need repairs.”

This is the band’s first holiday market. But IRHS musicians are frequent faces in the community, performing at nearly all football games, in local holiday parades and at nearby elementary schools in private concerts for younger children.

“As soon as marching band ends … concert season picks up. So it’s a year-round dedication,” Mohler said.

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