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We were all thankful that the weather forecast was off and that the evening remained dry for the August Twilight Market, which took place on Friday, August 11th on North Main Street in Gloversville. Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist, Jennifer Jennings, has been battling the threat of bad weather all summer, but has prevailed throughout the season. Friday’s Twilight Market was no exception – it was a perfect summer night – not too hot, with a nice breeze to keep the air moving through the vendor tents.

I was out of town for July’s event, but glad to be on hand for this Market night. We again featured raffle items. I am so pleased with the donations that we received! A couple of weeks prior to the event, I walked flyers around to Main Street business owners, promoting CRG’s involvement in the Market and inviting them to donate an item toward the creation of give-away baskets that were representative of the theme of August’s Twilight Market: Glove City Celebration. I also emailed our wonderful Members asking them to either participate if they could or extend the message on to a Gloversville business that they felt should participate. I had initially planned to create three baskets. However, since two businesses – NBT Bank and SW The Spa – provided complete gift bags of their own, I was able to take the other donations which I received and create two themed gift baskets: Relaxation Retreat, which was geared toward an adult and Family Fun, which had some children’s items in it.

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 The raffle was a lot of fun to promote. Thanks to our wonderful Gloversville businesses, we were able to raffle the baskets for FREE, which is the right price for everyone! The total approximate value of all four prize packages was $570.00! THANK YOU so much to the following business donors: Century Linen, Frozen Parts, Helpers Community Service, NBT Bank, Rauch’s Bakery, Studio Herbage, SW The Spa, The Pizza Joint, Vishnu Music, and WEST & Company!

Around 100 people put tickets into the drawing, and 25ish stayed around for the actual drawing at 7:00 p.m. The Fonda Fair Court girls were in attendance at the Market and volunteered to draw the winning names! And the winners were: Bryan, Family Fun Gift Basket; Sherry, NBT Bank Gift Bag; Jim, SW The Spa Gift Bag; and Marcie, Relaxation Retreat Gift Basket (her daughter posed for the picture)!

Bryan Sherry

 

Jim Marcie's daughter

Many family activities took place at the event as well. There was face painting, a sidewalk chalk art contest, a “Before I Die” wall, and a glove designing table.

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Easterly Woodworking was in attendance with two donated benches for attendees to paint. Once complete, they will receive a coat of clear varnish and will be gifted to the City as public benches along Main Street! Another AWESOME donation to liven up downtown!

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Two musical groups performed for the event at Castiglione Park. Below is one of them: Penny Jar

Penny Jar

I tried to take pictures of all of the vendors and community groups who were in attendance at the event, to show you all of the great things you missed out on if you were not there. Most were taken during and after set-up, so don’t let the lack of customers alarm you. Per Jennifer’s count, there were close to 1,000 people in attendance throughout the evening!

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I also wanted to showcase some of the great, creative sidewalk art:

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I hope that these pictures have illustrated how great the August Twilight Market was. If you missed it, you have ONE MORE CHANCE during 2017! Plan to join us on North Main Street on Friday, September 8, 2017 for the “Fresh Start” Twilight Market! We will be there from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and CRG will have another GREAT give-away!

Written by Becky Hatcher, Executive Assistant

 

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