We love a good Independence Day celebration… so much so that we’re starting the party early. This weekend, come by the Grand Market for some red, white and blue fun. Here’s what’s on the docket:
Free mini-flag giveaway (while supplies last): Come to the Market Manager’s table and request your personal mini American flag. We have a limited supply so early bird gets the worm.
Independence Day Craft: Local Westchester-based teacher, Ms. Jacqueline, will be on-hand to offer an engaging and educational craft for little hands (11-1).
Live Bluegrass with the ‘Chester ‘Grass Band: One of our favorite bands returns! Roll out a blanket on the lawn and enjoy their signature American sound. (Noon – 1:00)
Annual Sweet Potato Pie Eating Contest:
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 (we still have two slots available). Email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “Pie eating contest) or fill out this simple form. 1:00 p.m.
Just can’t get enough Independence Day fun? You can help us celebrate France’s Independence Day in a couple of weeks when our signature event, Bastille Day at the Grand Market returns on July 14th. Jump below for more information!
Sidewalk Sales Recap!
It was beautiful weather last week for downtown Sidewalk Sales. Special thanks to Liebmans, Cohen Consignments, Direct Mattress and Furniture, The Curtain Shop, Virtuous Vogue Boutique, Madrag Clothing, Intima Fashion, Jay’s Boutique and Four Seasons Clothing for participating. Sidewalk sales are a great way for local retail to make room for new inventory, and more importantly, for you to score a great deal on quality items. Did you know that Sidewalk Sales occur every June, August and September downtown? If you haven’t already, please follow us on Facebook where we promote events like these, along with other relevant downtown news. And if you’re a local merchant that would like to participate, it’s not too late to sign up for the next two sales (email: BID10801@gmail.com).
New Rochelle Bike Share Downtown:
If you haven’t tried New Rochelle’s New Bike Share yet, now might be the time to strap on your helmet and give it a whirl. New Rochelle Bike Share is offering a week of unlimited FREE 30-minute rides with the special code IBIKENR! There are four stations conveniently located downtown: Anderson Plaza, New Roc, North & Huguenot and at the New Rochelle Train Station.
Save the Date: Bastille Day at the Grand Market (July 14th).
Mais oui! Bastille Day returns, 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, a French-themed (temporary!) tattoo booth, special showing of The Red Balloon in the library, plus special entertainment with New Rochelle’s own French native musician Charles Hipser as well as a French-English family performance of Rockin’ with Armelle. Area bilingual French American school Lyceum Kennedy Ardsley will be in attendance with activities commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Petit Prince. Our new promotional sponsor, Alliance Francaise Westchester, has arranged for a viewing of the wildly-popular cartoon Les Enquetes de Mirette. Check out Alliance’s roster of year-round French programming here, then swing by the market for some hands-on French fun.
It’s not too late to sign up for the summer reading game at the New Rochelle Public Library. The weather certainly didn’t cooperate for the Summer Reading Kickoff Event last Saturday at the Market (sniff!) – but several hundred children, parents and grandparents still had a great time indoors. The kids signed-up for the Summer Reading Game, received a free book and refreshments, and made crafts. Everyone loved the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band. The amazing musicians entertained out at the Market – in the drizzling rain – and inside the library! If the rain made you stay away, you haven’t totally missed out!! Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Game by visiting the Children’s Room at the Main Library. And we’ll see what we can do to bring the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band back: they were loved by all.
Let’s Go, New Ro!
Lots of civic pride this week with the announcement of Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” winners. New Rochelle businesses located within the BID-boundaries that were bestowed with this honor include: Alvin & Friends Restaurant (Readers’ Pick for Best Caribbean Restaurant); The Wooden Spoon (Best Frose); Coromandel (Readers’ Pick for Best Indian Restaurant); The Little Ranch (Best Cowboy Boots) and Raymond Opticians (Readers’ Pick for Best Optical Store). This list is not inclusive of all New Rochelle businesses: visit the full list online here. Congratulations to ALL the New Rochelle winners! Our goal next year is to have the Grand Market’s name added to this illustrious list! 🙂