The grand opening of the East Lynn Market was a great success last week.
First, it was sunny! Second, fabulous DECA volunteer, Susan Crofts, unveiled her handy work by way of a new market apple costume and Pria was a sport and showed it off all afternoon long.
Another amazing DECA volunteer, Jon Isaac, spent his winter, not only becoming a father for the second time, but giving birth to two amazing old-fashioned carnival games — a ring toss and bean bag toss. Bothwere unveiled last week. Judging by the number of kids crowding around them, I’d say they were unanimously considered awesome.
The clown on stilts entertained the other kids by juggling, telling jokes and pulling long strings of ribbon out of his mouth and people’s heads.
Charlie from Columbo’s Pizza’s made swift business selling slices of pizza and rice balls swimming in pasta sauce. Both he and the Cozy Cafe sisters will be selling warm meals at the market every week this month, so arrive hungry.
And the city councillors lined up to cut our ribbon. Thanks to Janet Davis, Mary Fragedakis and Mary-Margaret McMahon for supporting the market! It was a wonderful kick-off to a wonderful summer of Thursday evenings in the park.
This week – Kids’ Activities at the Market: More than face painting and honey sticks!
Puppets, crafts, story-telling and more are on the line-up for the “Kids’ Korner” of the East Lynn market this year. On the (very high) heels of last week’s stilt-walking clown, we have two very special activities this Thursday. At 3:30, Melissa Peretti will teach kids paper pot planting (register at firstname.lastname@example.org). At 4:30, Beth Yarzab from CareerFitMom will run a Playfit class with everyone — parents and kids alike will have a chance to play and get fit!
And of course, there will be face painting. Our hours for now are 4:00-6:30, and may expand when we get more volunteers.
Strawberry Social – Thursday June 30
At 4:30 , the dancers and singers from the local S.P.A.C.E studio will put on a medley for the crowd. I’m told some Hairspray songs, a hip hop number and a ballet piece from Swan Lake are on the program. A real treat!
Then, at 5 p.m., DECA will host its second square dance in the park. That’s right city slickers, dust off your cowboy hats and overalls! Members of the Kitgut Oldtime Stringband will venture up to East Lynn from their usual haunt at Kensington Market to play mountain music on their fiddle, banjo and guitar, and singer Ivy Mairi who moonlights as a square dance caller will talk us all through the steps.
Ivy specializes in teaching beginners. So bring your granny and your kids for the evening!
Hope to see you there.