Saturday, July 11, 2009

Check Out the Neighborhood

Across the street from the YWCA in front of the caboose is a newly constructed stage, which is already getting a lot of use. Friday night concerts are drawing a nice size crowd including former YWCA program director, Connie Pyers. The tunes were a welcome addition to my recent evening work session. I found myself humming along as as I pulled documents for the YW's upcoming peer review team meeting. Remember to come early to get the best parking spaces and to bring your own lawn chair.

The next morning the space is buzzing as vendors arrive for the Saturday Farmer's Market. Lots of fresh flowers, plants, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and baked goods fill the marketplace from 9-12, at reasonable prices, and the bounty changes as the harvest season unfolds. This year, the Ohio Direction Card is accepted by many vendors allowing more folks to take advantage of fresh foods and support the local economy. New this year is a craft section on Main Street. The market is a great place to catch up with friends, listen to some local musicians - Rock Salt & Nails or Michelle Fergason - visit the bookmobile, and pick up some locally grown or made goods. And the YWCA has a front row seat!

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