Spring pop-ups everywhere

Until about a year ago, I thought a pop-up was just an annoying screen that appears on my computer when I try to view something I have searched on Google. Pop-ups were also those children’s books that have cutouts that rise up when I turn a page. Any device or part of a device that has a component that pops up (like a Jack in the Box), might also be called a pop-up.


Now, we have a new definition for a pop-up. I haven’t been able to find this definition in the dictionary yet, but nevertheless, it is an important new term for an event in which vendors come together to sell their wares, or to promote their businesses or organizations.


We’ve had quite a few pop-up events in Madera over the past year or so. It was especially important as we began recovering from that terrible period of time commonly known as “THE PANDEMIC.” These pop-ups are fun for both the vendors and those attending the events. Christy at the Tribune makes and sells jewelry items, and she has participated in numerous events to sell her beautiful jewelry. In fact, she was on the cover of our last edition, showing what she sells at the pop-up events.


Pop-ups have been held at wineries, churches, parks, businesses, and other places. The organizers of these events have had vendors both inside buildings and outside. As the weather continues to become more favorable to outdoor events, more and more pop-ups are appearing during the weekends.


I am a member of the Friends of the Madera County Library, and we love the pop-up events so we can participate and sell our books to benefit the programs at our local library. In fact, this weekend, we will be participating in the Spring Pop-up at the First Christian Church here in Madera. They have graciously positioned our booth on a corner, so that we can have good exposure, and also because we have a lot of books and may need more room than most vendors.


The First Christian Church is located at 2300 Sunset Avenue. The Pop-up will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and they will have more than 45 booths, including our book sale, bake sales, food for sale, and live music. Wait! Did I say food? Yes. They will have a fried chicken lunch for $12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sounds like a great event.


The church event is organized by the Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF), and the proceeds from money raised will help local charities, including O.L.I.V.E. Foundation, Madera Rescue Mission, Hope House, the Food Bank, 2 missionary families, and other families in need. Last year they raised $16K during their event. (By the way, there is an ad for this event in today’s Tribune in HOT DATES.)


On May 7, the Madera United Methodist Church, located at 500 Sunset Avenue, will have another pop-up event, called “Spring Fling.” Friends of Madera County Library will have a book sale at this event also. There are over 22 vendors signed up, and the booths will be both inside and outside the church. There will be crafts, food, a BIG book sale (inside in the social hall), drawings for prizes, and many other items and services. Be sure to mark your calendar for this great event. It will be the day before Mother’s Day, so you may be able to find some awesome gifts for Mom there.


Pop-ups will be happening often. They are fun, and they help small businesses and individuals. Don’t forget the small business with storefronts, too.


Enjoy your spring. It is a great time of the year.


My love to all,


— Nancy


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Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.


— 3 John 1:2