Market, merchants celebrate solstice

Jun 20, 2013 in the Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore

Downtown Grimsby will be open late Thursday.

The Grimsby DIA and Grimsby Farmers’ Market have again teamed up to present Summer Solstice. Both market vendors and downtown merchants will be open late with several exciting activities planned between 6 and 8 p.m.

“The whole idea is to get more people onto the street on market day,” said Michelle Seaborn, market manager.

Last year’s Summer Solstice drew almost double the amount of people normally attending the market, said Seaborn, noting on average, the downtown market attracts roughly 1,200 visitors. A whopping 2,257 people attended the solstice event last year, on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year.

Seaborn and Grimsby DIA executive director Leigh Jankiv are both crossing their fingers that the rain which has plagued the market over the past two weeks will ease up. Regardless, the Summer Solstice event will go ahead — rain or shine.

The market begins as usual at 3 p.m., but will be open, along with several downtown businesses, until 8 p.m. Downtown vendors are encouraged to participate by offering specials and sidewalk sales.

The DIA and market have lined up several activities to celebrate the official start of summer.

For kids there is free face painting and balloon animals, a magician and mad scientist show. Kids can also learn to grow with the Grimsby Garden Club, which will be hosting a planting activity for kids, complete with a take-home mini garden. Mad Science will operate two fun stations.

Johnny Restas will be crooning in the downtown core, adding some musical ambience to the celebration. The Lincoln Leapers will also be performing several skipping demonstrations throughout the event.

“This is a great opportunity to see what a great selection of shops we have in the downtown area,” said Jankiv. “Because people are walking and not driving, they can get familiar with the shops they might not know about.”

The Grimsby Auxiliary Marine Rescue Unit will also be in attendance, selling Sno Cones as a fundraiser.

The Summer Solstice is the first of several special market days planned for this year.

The next feature day is July 25, marking the start of the Happening at The Forty. In August, the market will host Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day, where shoppers can enjoy freshly-grown peaches, a scoop of Home Town Ice Cream and a cob of fresh corn for $5. Proceeds will be donated to the Grimsby Benevolent Fund via market bucks — dollars that the agency can spend at the market to fill the shelves of the food bank. In September, the market has planned a pumpkin carving extravaganza.

“Events like this give people who don’t normally get to visit the market, a chance to see what we have at the market and downtown,” said Seaborn.

Because of the extended market hours, Main Street will not reopen until 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Another potential draw to the market next week, said Seaborn, is the possibility of sweet cherries.