Amherst artisans' markets return for second summer

Darrell Cole
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First event held on Saturday, next one set for July 26

The Downtown Amherst Artisans' Markets have returned for another summer. The first market was held on Saturday with decent crowds despite the cool, wet weather.

Rob Milner works on a carving a duck from hardwood during the first Downtown Amherst Artisans’ Market of the summer. The second market is set for July 26. Despite the cool weather, merchants said crowds were still strong.



HL: First artisans’ market of summer a success despite the weather

Sub: Second market set for July 26


AMHERST – While the weather felt more like October than June, the first downtown artisans’ market of the summer was a success.

“It might not have seemed to be that busy looking up and down the street, but it was actually very busy, especially inside the stores,” said Matt Cormier of Dayle’s Department Store. “I have to admit we were a little concerned when we saw Saturday’s forecast, but the vendors and the merchants were all pleased with how things went.”

Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., vendors, artists, artisans and musicians were inside and outside several downtown businesses along both Church and Victoria streets.

There were vendors in front of Deanne Fitzpatrick’s Rug Hooking Studio on Church Street and young musicians outside Mansour’s Men’s Wear while there were tie-dye shirts, jewelry, baked goods and barbecues along Victoria Street.

The First Baptist Youth Group held a yard sale at the same time, there was a barbecue for minor soccer and Drew Moore and Travis Hatchard played outside Bella’s Café.

Many stores also had vendors and musicians inside.

“The thing that was most impressive was how busy it was inside the stores,” Cormier said. “Most businesses said they saw traffic they don’t normally get on Saturday. That shows that despite the weather these markets are good for the downtown.”

One of those vendors who enjoyed the event was carver Rob Milner, who was not only selling his product but showing people how they’re made.

Milner said he took up carving just a few years ago and uses unused firewood. He had people watching him throughout the day as he was shaping a piece of hardwood into a duck.

“The thing that’s so great about this is that you never know what you’re going to end up. You’re only limited by your imagination,” Milner said. “If you’re working on something and it breaks off you can make something else. There’s never any wasted projects.”

Milner enjoyed participating in the market saying a lot of people stopped to watch him work and he even had a few sales.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: First Baptist Youth Group

Geographic location: Church Street, Victoria Street

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