Essex will host its annual town-wide market day on Saturday, August 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Downtown Essex Day was started 35 years ago by a handful of residents who wanted to spice up the last month of summer.
Back then, folks made pies, cookies, and ice cream. Artists and furniture makers pulled things out of their attics and sold them to their neighbors. Musicians sat on their porches and played for anyone who would listen. It was an old-time market day that has been held every year since then.
Downtown Essex Day 2014
This year more than fifty exhibitors will assemble on Main Street and the Town Hall lawn on Route 22. Once again, exhibitors and shopkeepers will offer just about everything you want, made with a personal touch. The event will offer homemade pies and other treats, local farm products, crafts, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, and local artwork.
Music lovers can hear Joan Crane, local blues musician, play from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near the post office.
Visitors will enjoy seeing the stately Federal and Greek Revival houses that placed the hamlet on the National Register of Historic Places.
Children will enjoy face painting and playing at the playground and beach at Beggs Park. Everyone will enjoy the beautiful Lake Champlain vistas.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day at the Pink Pig and the Essex Ice Cream Café. Lakeside lunch and dining will be served at the Old Dock at the ferry landing and at Chez Lin and Rays at the Essex Shipyard.
Donna Sonnett and her team of event organizers are working to make this year’s Essex Day the best ever, with something for everyone to enjoy. The fun begins at 10:00 and ends at 4:00 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.
Downtown Essex Day is sponsored by community-based Essex Initiatives.