Saturday, July 15, 2017
Come revel in the joie de vivre of the New Rochelle downtown Grand Market’s Bastille Day celebration on Saturday, July 15, with French food, music and culture offering delights for the Francophile in everyone.
French cooking demonstrations, songs sung in French and free berets (while supplies last) will help fill market-goers with a sense of bonhomie as they enjoy the day, presented by the Grand Market organizers, the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). Lasting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green (Huguenot and Lawton streets), the activities will come one day after the official Bastille Day and will help New Rochelle celebrate its French roots, which date back to the 1600s.
In addition to the berets, red balloons will be available, evoking the classic 1956 French short film The Red Balloon.
“This is a special day for us, and a celebration of the French culture and heritage that New Rochelle still recalls with pride,” said Ralph DiBart, executive director of the New Rochelle BID. “We began this new tradition last year, and we expect it to continue for years to come, bringing old friends and new visitors to experience first-hand downtown New Rochelle’s certain je ne sais quoi.”
Here’s the lineup:
Armelle Gloaguen will perform children’s songs in French from 11 a.m. till noon.
Charles Hipser, a Paris-born folk musician, will sing songs in French from noon till 1 p.m.
Estelle Gourmet of Larchmont will offer a French cooking demonstration.
Sonia Urban, a Grand Market regular specializing in healthy foods, will show how to make ratatouille.
A raffle will be held for a gift basked featuring French-themed treats along with an assortment of other goodies from Grand Market vendors.
Franco-friendly activities for kids, including a Le Petit Prince photo booth, will be hosted by the Lyceum Kennedy International School of Ardsley.
Montefiore Medical Center, a leading sponsor of the Grand Market, will also provide French-themed activities.
“The French infusion comes with the Grand Market’s usual great attractions – the farm-fresh foods, hand-made soaps and crafts, and the lawn games that children love,” DiBart said. “But this Saturday is a perfect time to also relish the joys and unique flair that French culture brings.”
Knife sharpening won’t be at the Grand Market this weekend–he is coming next weekend instead along with our new bread vendor, Journeyman Bakery
Also happening downtown:
Mariano Rivera’s Rock the Block, a free event starting at 4p.m. in Ruby Dee Park with Kids Krusade, a 5 PM Community BBQ and a 6PM Concert.