Artisans event a success
© Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News
Jennifer Morris draws a cariacture of Bill Fairbanks during first Amherst Downtown Artisans Market on Saturday.
AMHERST - The first artisan's market in downtown Amherst is being termed a huge success.
Good weather and big crowd were in evidence Saturday morning as downtown businesses came together with local artisans.
"It has been a great day," Matt Cormier of Dayle's Department Store said. "There have been lots of people out and about and it has gone very well."
Cormier said crowds were strong from 9 a.m. through noon and many businesses were seeing one of their busiest Saturdays. He hopes the market helps create awareness of what the downtown has to offer.
The day featured entertainment in Victoria Square as well as in front of several downtown merchants. Numerous businesses had sales on to go with the market while a number of artisans were on hand selling everything from hooked rugs, to paintings, to jewelry and baked goods.
There were also a number of demonstrations, including yoga, while the Baptist Church youth group hosted a yard sale.
Michelle LeBlanc of the Downtown Business Advistory Committee said the market was such a success that she could see it becoming an annual event. It also helps kick off what will be a busy summer in downtown Amherst including the Canada Day celebrations, the Blueberry Harvest Festival in August and the Rockabilly Festival in September.