Essex will host its annual Downtown Essex Day on Saturday, August 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Downtown Essex Day was started by a handful of residents who wanted to spice up the last month of summer. Back then folks made and pies, cookies, 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.
This year 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, local farm products, crafts, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, and local artwork. Music lovers can hear Joan Crane, local blues musician, play from 10:00 a.m. to noon near the post office. Book lovers will enjoy the annual book sale at the Belden Noble Memorial Library across from the ferry dock. 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. Food will be available at the Pink Pig, the Essex Ice Cream Café, Chez Lin and Rays, the Old Dock, and the Essex Inn.
This year’s event is being offered for the 36th time and organizers are working to make it 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. For more information, contact Donna Lou Sonnett at 518-963-7494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.