Talented, silly and super-duper tall, the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band is going to bring Grand Market entertainment to “new heights” this Saturday. Don’t miss their performance at 11:30 a.m. It’s part of a larger line-up for the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Kick-off Party, coordinated by the New Rochelle Public Library and the New Rochelle BID’s Family Days program in collaboration with the Grand Market. From 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm there will be a variety of activities including rock painting, bubble fun and crafts outdoors. Inside the library, children pre-k through grade 5 can register for the Summer Reading Game, pick up a log-book and free book, check out loads of reading material, and start earning points for cool prizes!
Save the Date: Pie on the Fourth of July!
It’s baaaa-ck! Save the date: On June 30th at 1 p.m. our well-loved and longstanding vendor Little Luscious Dessert Company, presents its annual Sweet Potato Pie eating contest at the market. Three lucky participants (must be over 18!), compete to see who can eat the most sweet potato pie in a limited number of minutes while market spectators watch, cheer, and hope nobody spits up. Interested in showing your pie-eating mettle? Sign up to be considered as a contestant: email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “Pie eating contest) or fill out this simple form.
But that’s not all…our pre-Fourth of July Festivities at the market will include a free mini flag giveaway (while supplies last), an Independence Day craft with Ms. Jacqueline and homespun bluegrass music by the ‘Chester ‘Grass Band (12-1).
Save the Date: Bastille Day at the Grand Market (July 14th).
Mais oui! Bastille Day will also return, turning the market and Library Green into a celebration of all things French. You can look forward to can-can dancing by local studio the Dance Connection, free red balloons, special entertainment with New Rochelle’s own French native musician Charles Hipser as well as a bilingual family performance of Rockin’ with Armelle. Area bilingual French school Lyceum Kennedy Ardsley will be in attendance with activities commerating the 75th anniversary of the Petit Prince, along with our new promotional sponsor, Alliance Francaise Westchester. Check out Alliance’s roster of year-round French programming here then swing by the market for some hands-on French fun.
Thank you for Visiting Us!
Last week we mentioned that New Rochelle is a participant in the national Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors’ Challenge. We asked New Rochelle residents to show up and try the various forms of “immersive media” technology that could one day help New Rochellians have greater say in how their public spaces look and feel. And did you ever show up! We estimate that nearly 60 people went through our stations. You provided our team (comprised of the City of New Rochelle, the Downtown New Rochelle BID and IDEA New Rochelle) wonderful feedback about our Mayors’ Challenge idea and some of the tech tools themselves. We’re going to write a blog post about the day’s experience, but here’s just a snippet of what we heard from you regarding the concept we are testing:
“I still use pen and paper for a lot of things, but if you want to reach my kids and that generation in the future on community issues, you do need to embrace advanced technology like this.”
“I want to be involved in my community, but feel uncomfortable speaking about my opinions in large public hearings. Virtual reality or augmented reality might give me a better way to express my thoughts.”
“I think people use technology too much, so I’m unsure about this idea.”
“I like this idea a lot. I would want any future tech tools designed by the City to elicit resident opinions to have tightly-set boundaries so that our community couldn’t design unrealistic things, but really use them strategically to better understand and design something meaningful.”
Some of you also gave us feedback unrelated to our project, but still important for the City to know (like where you would like recycling bins placed). We’re forwarding that information onto the right departments equipped to review those requests.
In an effort to ensure everyone in New Rochelle understands this great opportunity to think big and try new things with the financial support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, we’re documenting our process going through the Mayors’ Challenge here. Please follow us along and feel free to send us input. This is an opportunity for our entire City to dream and learn together. Your community participation is desired!
Did you know about IDEA New Rochelle? This newsletter has mentioned multiple times that a new organization is in town. Interactive Digital Environments Alliance (IDEA) is dedicated to promoting, developing, and maintaining a vibrant new Arts and Technology District working with the City of New Rochelle’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID).
IDEA encourages innovation, collaboration, research, open data and social responsibility in the fields of immersive media, artificial intelligence, digital storytelling and performance. The organization will serve as a platform for a growing community of artists, technologists, and entrepreneurs to develop new work with emerging technologies.
One of IDEA’s inaugural programs? A fellowship that brings up and coming/existing stars in the world of immersive media to New Rochelle for a set period of time to advance their body of work. But these talented visitors aren’t working in a bubble. They’re finding ways to infiltrate their expertise locally to benefit the New Rochelle community too. Most recently, they participated in one of our local middle school’s STEAM events, inspiring the next generation of bright minds and technologists coming from New Rochelle.