Most Wednesdays I head off with my craft to a little market in Margate, about 15-20 minutes south of Hobart. While I don't always sell a lot there, it has become a social day with friends I have made at the market, and also a good networking day! That's because it's held at Brookfield Margate, a venue where I perform regularly, and I have almost been adopted into the Brookfield family. I host the monthly open mic nights there, get asked to MC events as well as perform, and have been general "gadabout"at festivals and the like where I may conduct tours of the "Tudor Court Model Village", supervise the market, organise performers and sometimes even wait on tables!! (yes, I have my RSA certificate).
I've been a guest speaker at a Rotary meeting there and recorded the commentary CD for the Village tours. Helen Lindsay (the proprietor) has become a good friend, and I've been quite a regular on her Tuesday night radio show on Hobartfm. I'm often in publicity photos or TV ads for the venue, and I'm sure some people think I work there full time :) I have no problem with my name being associated with Brookfield Margate, and go to concerts there (occasionally being on the door) and also have meals there. Sonia is the head chef of a close-knit kitchen team and sometimes does me the honour of asking my opinion on the menu. I am not a food expert or critic, but I have been eating food for most of my life, so feel I have some knowledge :)
Brookfield is a big shed, full of eclectic collectables, history and atmosphere. If you like crisp stainless steel, glass & tile type of eateries, this venue may NOT be for you, but if you enjoy a variety of live music (often FREE) and good home-cooked style cuisine which often surprises with its originality, then get along to 1640 Channel Highway, Margate. Oh, you might see me there!!!