Grand Market News
We are down to our final two weeks of the Grand Market. We always feel wistful this time of year. That’s because the Grand Market isn’t just a farmers market…it’s a family. We see you, our loyal customers, week after week… and through casual conversations and shared laughs we get to know you. And you get to know your neighbors and our vendors. We’re going to miss you and the collegial community we all form when we rub shoulders over broccoli and ears of corn and fun festivals, and great live music every season.
But before we get too sentimental (and really, we *are* feeling very sentimental), let’s talk about what’s on the schedule this week.
A mask-making workshop geared for younger children will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the market. From 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Members of the New Rochelle Art Association will help with an amazing rock painting project – and rock hunt. As if that weren’t enough, 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Bach to Rock is hosting an Open Mic session. Musicians who would like to perform a (family-friendly!) song or two in front of the market audience are invited to participate. Please send an email with your name, a contact number and description of what you’d like to play to email@example.com no later than Friday morning. (subject line:
Grand Market Open Mic). You provide the instrument and your song, we’ll provide the mic, amplification and audience!
Note that the above activities happening this week are part of New Rochelle Arts Fest. More on that below…be sure to scroll down!
Migliorelli Farms: Farm-fresh veggies and fruits from Tivoli, NY
New Rochelle Public Library: Used books for sale (at the Market and inside the library lobby) plus crafts for children every weekend between 11-1.
The Cheese Guy: All-natural, kosher and artisanal cheeses.
Pelham Provisions: Handcrafted, all-natural baked goods.
R&R Produce: curly kale, serrano peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beets, carrots, onions, squash and more from NY State’s fertile “black dirt region”.
Sweet Things and Wild Thyme: Variety of honeys and honey/bee-based products from Warwick, NY
Market Lost and Found Reminder
Over the course of the season people have left behind little bits of their lives at our Market…keys, a coffee mug, a cute striped baby sweater and a handful of other things that are probably useful or sentimental to someone out there. We’ve been holding onto them at the Market Manager’s table, but once the market closes, we will pass them onto the Library’s lost and found. Come get your stuff! 🙂
New Rochelle ArtsFest: Downtown Activities
Every year, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts presents ArtsFest. A fall tradition, ArtsFest is a weekend-long festival celebrating the arts in New Rochelle and Pelham with art exhibits, open artists’ studios, live music and dance, spoken word, a classic car show and more. Here is just a snippet of activities happening downtown this weekend. (Note that this list is a sampling and certainly not all-inclusive. Please check the detailed schedule for times, locations and additional details/activities happening across all of New Rochelle and Pelham too.)
Alvin and Friends will display artwork by owner Alvin Clayton, live music and a tango night.
Flowers by Sutton, Handcrafted Catering + Events and Lord and Andra Gallery are three BID-located businesses participating in the ArtsFest Octoberfest Gallery Hop, which will combine pop-up art exhibitions with craft beer or cocktails.
Gallery Roc will host open studios featuring multiple artists. Nearby, Patricia Miner-Sutherland will also host an open studio showcasing her current work depicting humans in various stages of mental development. Westchester Yoga Arts will present the exhibition “Dropping In” (abstract meditations in oil by artist Anne Bedrick) while the New Rochelle Public Library, always a cultural hotspot, will have the 103rd Annual Juried Exhibition of the New Rochelle Artists Association and a performance of The Sleeping Beauty by the acclaimed Ajkum Ballet Company.
And of course, the popular “Culture Trolley”, starts its fun journey downtown at the Lawton Street parking lot across from the New Rochelle Public Library.
Don’t Forget to Thank Our Mini Artists
This Saturday, a bunch of kiddos will descend upon local downtown businesses, art supplies in hand, to paint seasonal images on storefront windows. This is always a cute way to usher in the fall season. If you see these mini Monets and Van Goghs hard at work on Saturday, be sure to compliment them. And take the time to thank the merchants for participating in this program as well. Our local Main Street businesses are the heartbeat of our downtown community and we appreciate that they’re always willing to step up and help build the communities in which they do business (Pssst: this is your hint to support one of these local businesses today!)
Repost: Halloween Activities Ahead:
Attention aspiring ghosts and vampires! A pop-up Halloween store is located at 5 Anderson Street from now until the end of the month. We were particularly taken by the rotting teeth and the peanut butter and jelly costumes for couples, but really, you can find almost anything to suit your Halloween tastes here (hours: 10-8 Monday thru Saturday and 11-6 on Sundays).
Meanwhile, NoMa Social is hosting a “A Gatsby Halloween Event” on October 27th. There will be a live DJ, costume contest, drink specials and cash prizes.
Families with kids have two fun events to attend. The BID’s traditional Merchants Urchins parade, pumpkin painting, and DJ will return at the Grand Market’s own Halloween bash on October 27th--see flyer below!). On October 31st, FunFuzion presents its Monster Mash (10/31, 5:30 – 7:00) with indoor trick or treating, crafts, snacks, a costume party and more. The Monster Mash is free to all in costume, but you must reserve in advance.
A financial planning workshop regarding business capital and contracts for businesses will take place Thursday November 8th, 6-8 p.m. (See flyer below.) This is the third in a series of business-focused workshops presented by the City of New Rochelle, the Chamber of Commerce and the BID.