This update includes;
* News regarding the latest on TVL Artisan Designation.
* No No Nantucket; As Garvey Sees It
* Sneak Preview of Revival special performances and presentations.
* Facebook; Artisans Revival previews
* Updated Yankee Homecoming Revival Page
* ALL balances for the Revival Artisan booths are due asap.
Dear Friends of the Revival,
As you may be aware of, there are a lot of elements regarding the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival that may not be directly connected to the festival itself, but that of an ongoing battle for opportunities for artisans in Newburyport year round. least, as coordinator of the Revival, that is my long term goal.
One of these elements has to do with the current state of the Transient Vendors Licensing for Inn Street. In my last update, I began to fill you in on the current re-drafting of the city ordinance pertaining to the TVL, and how the lastest version included an ‘Artisan Designation’ for the first time in Newburyport City History. This is a big deal considering the lack of ‘art’ in the city government’s overall conversation. This designation was pushed due to public comment on behalf of four artisans that showed up for public input during the preceding meetings, in which Councilman Jared Eigerman made an amendment to the final draft.
I’m happy to inform you that on May 30th, at about 10:00 PM, the City Council voted in favor for the final draft of the city ordinance authored by councilman Jared Eigerman, including an amendment that would give an ‘Artisan Designation’ to ONE TVL for Inn Street for the first time in the city’s history.
Even though this is a long overdue accomplishment, in my view, as well as others there that came forth for public comment, its not enough, by far. An attempt for an amendment to the original amendment by City Councilman Bruce Vogel to increase the total number of licenses issued to Inn Street to four, with TWO Artisan Designations, fell short by one vote. 6-5. This added amendment was supported by all three members of the License and Permit oversight committee, Council members Bruce Vogel, Joseph Devlin and Gregory Earls. Two additional city council members, Councilman Tontar and Councilman Cameron, also voted in favor of the additional licenses and designations.
Voting against was councilman Eigerman, Cronin, Zeid, O’Brien, Giunta, and Connell.
Councilman Jared Eigerman stated publically that he would continue to work with me on what he refereed to as my ‘artist-cluster’ idea for next spring. Why is it so hard for people to say ‘ARTISAN MARKET’ in this town?????
I am including some email exchanges made after the vote;
Obviously I have lots more to say on this topic and it is far from being over, even this year. There are certain conditions that are STILL being called into question regarding the TVL, especially seeing that two public request were made for license and one application filed and reviewed BY ARTISANS and ALL THREE were denied in favor of a hotdog stand….which has STILL failed to claim its spot on Inn Street.
To this date NO OTHER license issued for 2017 has shown up on Inn Street other than myself. This has been the last straw and if nothing is done about this shortly, you can bet that this is far from being over for THIS YEAR. There can be absolutely no legitimate reason why after all that has been said and done over the past year that three artisans are to be denied licensing only to be given to food vendors that have not yet made a presence on Inn Street in 2017. I have emails readied to be launched to the City Council if there is no other presence made by the issued licenses by Friday June 9th, 2017.
To make it even a greater tragedy, the entire reason WHY the city ordinance was redrafted in the FIRST place last year was due to a complaint made by New England Development on my ‘unmanned cart’. A Ridiculous claim to even begin with. Since when has Newburyport Developement been designated ‘Guardians of Inn Street’?
I hope that people on this mailing list understand on what this has to do with the Revival, and just how significant it is. I understand that some vendors just want to come to the festival, sell their art and have a good time. I do too. You can still do that and no one is telling anyone that they have to get involved politically or do anything other than just come to the festival and participate.
However, for those that understand the deeper ramifications on the Revival and just WHY the Revival came to be in the first place, then there is no reason to even elaborate further. It is self evident, but I will continue to use this mailing list to explain these ramifications on not just the artisans themselves, but how this lack of artist support is affecting the city as a whole.
The fact that an artisan designation, however limited, has now officially become part of Newburyport’s TVL city ordinance is a testament that an Artisans Revival is alive and well in Newburyport. If you think this is insignificant, then stick around some.
We are just getting started.
In other related news, please read;
* No No Nantucket; As Garvey Sees It
In a related event, Jack Garvey has been coming to Inn Street and performing as a street musician since the early eighties. The Revival will be presenting a special performance by Jack Garvey on Monday, July 31st at 6PM celebrating Jack Garvey’s 35th anniversary on Inn Street. You heard it here first. Don’t miss it.
The Revival has begun featuring its artisans daily on our facebook page. Please check them out, like and share!
Yankee Homecomings Revival event page has also been updated here:
For more detail on the TVL and other related ‘behind the scenes news’ please check out my blog;
For all those that have booked a booth during the revival, please send in your balances as soon as possible. Thank you.
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Newburyport Daily News Editorial; As I See It Jack Garvey
‘No No Nantucket’
Newburyport Daily News; Yankee Homecoming Planning its 60th Year
Newburyport Daily News – Home Grown Festival
Yankee Homecoming Chairman Plans New Events
Artisan Revival Library Presentation