Lockport Community Market returns
The market will feature a wide variety of vendors, entertainment and fun. Lockport Main Street, Inc. Program Manager Heather Peck said the market is a community gathering place.
“The mission of the market is to provide an opportunity for local businesses and home base businesses, crafters and artisans to display their work,” said Peck. “We have some really talented people in Lockport.”
The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25.
There will be vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods, local wines, jewelry, unique gifts and more.
Vendors include Santarsiero Produce, Chrusciki Bakery, Hens Honey Bee Farm, Sunny’s Natural Pet Market, Dave McKenna Wine Cork Birdhouses and Bags, Christine J Wirth Works of Art, Thirty-One, Bonard/Applewood Hollow, Hope Love Faith Jewelry Designs, Shop Til You Drop, Buffalo Humane Society, Market Street Art Center, Fast Crawl Hair Accessories, Ella Rae Bowtique, the Winery at Marjim Manor, Lakeside Arts Jewelry, Lockport Main Street, Inc., Creations by Melanie and more.
This year’s market will also feature a co-op at 79 Canal St., where local stores and businesses that cannot attend the market and set up a booth, will sell their local products.
Peck said another reason the Community Market is held on Canal Street is to attract and engage tourist that are in Lockport on a Saturday. There will be a booth set up with local brochures and information to inform tourists and help them learn where to go in the area.
There is also a variety of entertainment scheduled, including a weekly petting zoo, provided by Lakeview Animal Sanctuary. There will also be live music in the gazebo, local author book signings and educational demonstrations.
“There is something for everyone at the Lockport Community Market,” said Peck.
During the first Lockport Community Market of the season, July 21, there will be a 9 a.m. kids program presented by etc. resources, where each child will receive a free mug to decorate. At 9:30 a.m. Tom Keefer will perform in the gazebo followed by an 11 a.m. book reading of “Jake Grape and the Snake” with author Carol Caisse and illustrator Ryan Caisse. Books will be available for sale and the author will be signing. A free mini “glow-in-the-dark” snake and bookmark will be given to each child attending.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Step Back in Time Players will perform, featuring re-enactor Washington Hunt. At noon, retired Newfane school teacher Beverly Blewett will sign her book “Once a Teacher …” Books will be available for purchase. At 1 p.m. artist George Miller will give a painting demonstration and presentation.
A.W.A.R.E will be at the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and give a wildlife presentation at the gazebo at 12:30 p.m. A “Flight of Five” walking tour will also take place from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m., guided by a Step Back in Time re-enactor. The walk begins at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St.
Finally, there will be a Gallery DiMaggio art display inside 79 Canal St., throughout the day.
For the July 28 Lockport Community Market, a kids program will take place at 9 a.m. by etc. resources. At 10 a.m. 23 SKIDOO will perform in the gazebo and at 11 a.m. local author Linda Covell will have a book signing and presentation on “Cold Springs Cemetery” and “This is Our Last Cat.” Books will be available for purchase.
The Step Back in Time Players will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring a John Hodge re-enactor.
At 12:30 p.m. Shawn Duscherer will perform in the gazebo and a “Flight of Five” walking tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Interested vendors can still sign-up to participate in the market. Peck said they have vendors that come for the entire market, or others that just set up for one or two weeks. Those interested can contact Peck at 434-0212.
For a full list of vendors and schedule of event visit www.lockportcommunitymarket.com.