Artisans market returns to downtown on Saturday

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LeBlanc, Moore and Stone among featured performers

The second Downtown Amherst Artisans Market goes Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with vendors and musicians in front of and inside businesses along Victoria and Church streets.

The second Downtown Amherst Artisans Market goes Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with vendors and musicians in front of and inside businesses along Victoria and Church streets.

AMHERST – With sun in the forecast, organizers of Saturday’s Downtown Amherst Artisans Market are looking forward to big crowds.

The second market of the season runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes merchants along Victoria and Church streets in downtown Amherst.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be a sunny day on Saturday so that should help attract more people to the downtown,” Matt Cormier of Dayle’s said. “It was cold and damp when we had the first market in June, but we still had a big crowd in the downtown with lots of business inside the stores. Hopefully with the weather being nicer on Saturday we’ll see more people outside each of the stores as well as inside.”

Cormier said many of the vendors are returning Saturday and so are many of the performers. Some of those scheduled to perform including Katie Stone, who has sang at the Market at Dayle’s, and well known Amherst singer Drew Moore.

Michele LeBlanc will be singing at Bella’s Café.

This is the last downtown artisans market until October when a market will be held during the Fibre Arts Festival on Oct. 18.

The final market is Dec. 6 during the Victorian Christmas celebration.

There is no market in August because of the Blueberry Harvest Festival.

The markets, first held last summer, have been successful for downtown merchants because they bring people to the downtown on a day when it’s traditionally quieter.

Cormier said he is amazed at the response so far, including the June 21 market when it felt more like October than summer.

"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."

 

Organizations: Victoria and Church

Geographic location: AMHERST

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