The developing plan for this year was to continue to sponsor our own show on Columbus Day weekend to coincide with the Chambers ‘Harvest Festival’, at least on Saturday. Then perhaps do a Holiday Show in November.
However, my personal plans have changed.
I will continue to participate in this years Harvest Festival on October 8th and 9th via my vendors license for Inn Street. But that will be it beyond those dates. I will NOT be organizing a coinciding an Artisans Revival show for Columbus Day weekend, nor at any point for the rest of the year. This will be my last appearance on Inn Street for 2017. My focus now will turn from Newburyport to Boston for the City Hall Plaza Winter Holiday Market beginning on November 24th and running through December 31, 2017.
Boston Winter Holiday Market Show
2016 Boston Winter: City Hall Skating Path + Holiday Market
Beyond that, and if successful in Boston, I will then continue to attempt to establish a southern market somewhere along the eastern seaboard during the winter months before returning to Inn Street in the Spring.
2017 Summation and whats next for 2018?
On the flip side, we have had a fantastic year for artisans in Newburyport during 2017. Because of our involvement and the redrafting of the city vendors license ordinance, the city will now have four vendors license available in 2018 on Inn Street, with NO LESS THAN TWO DESIGNATED LICENSES for ARTISANS for the first time in the city’s history!
This is a very big deal because I believe this acts as the foundation for a year round artisans market. I believe these licenses will be successful and will lead to more designated licenses specifically for artisans on Inn Street. Inn Street has come a long way but still has a way to go. The underutilized areas of Inn Street need to be utilized by something other than the overflow of a playground for kids in order to balance out the area and make it conducive for adults and shoppers seeing it serves as the heart of the downtown shopping district. Without the artisans , Inn Street has become nothing more than a million dollar playground that contributes nothing more to the local economy of the area other than an ice cream cone and children’s playground. Nothing against children’s playgrounds, but when that is your only option for a major ‘pedestrian mall’ and shopping district downtown, then the local retail district id effected negatively.
I will be submitting an event plan by the end of the year to the City Council calling for multiple Artisan Shows in the spring of 2018, as well as organizing the third annual Yankee Homecoming Artisans Revival. Other plans will call for both the second annual Labor Day Artisans market show, as well as an expanded Harvest Festival Artisans Revival show during Columbus Day weekend.
All of this will be aimed at creating a year round Inn Street Artisasn market.
For more information and to continue to keep tabs on progress, please stay tuned to the Spirit of Newburyport blog as well as the artisans revival facebook page!
Spirit of Newburyport Blog;
Artisans Revival Facebook page;
If anyone has any questions or comments please dont hesiate to write or call anytime!
You can find more information on the history of the Artisans Revival in the links below.
Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have participated, supported and contributed to the Artisans Revival in 2017. Thank you!
Hope to see you at the Harvest Festival or at the Boston Holiday Winter Market!
If not, have a great rest of the year and See You in The Spring!
Artisans bring lively revival to Inn Street
By Jim Sullivan Staff writer Aug 1, 2017
Merchants, business leaders high on Yankee Homecoming
By Dyke Hendrickson Staff Writer Aug 8, 2017
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