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Downtown Hagerstown getting new market event

April 22, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A new monthly market featuring artisan vendors, local produce and entertainment will begin Saturday in downtown Hagerstown.

Faire Off The Square, an event created and coordinated by Hagerstown’s Downtown Alliance, will be held the last Saturday of each month through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Elizabeth Hager Center parking lot.

“It’s a great idea for downtown,” city Community Affairs Manager Karen Giffin said. “More events like this, it really helps to bring people downtown.”

The Downtown Alliance is a group of downtown businesses, property owners, organizations and churches working together to help promote a vibrant City Center.

Proceeds in the form of vendor donations will go to a local nonprofit organization after each market, Giffin said. The first event on April 28 will benefit Easter Seals Adult Day Services.

“The nonprofit is responsible for setup and tear down, and the Downtown Alliance is helping them recruit vendors,” Giffin said.

Paul Deputy, co-owner of The Gourmet Goat and a Downtown Alliance member, said he’s had the idea to hold a market of this type for years and is excited to see it come to life.

“It brings the community together, and brings lots and lots of people to downtown,” Deputy said.

So far, Deputy said about 10 vendors have signed up, providing items like handmade jewelry, pottery, rugs and artwork, as well as local cheese, meats, produce and plants. He said there are hopes to add several more by the weekend.

Faire Off The Square will run along with the city’s weekly farmer’s market, which is held every Saturday from 5 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at 25 W. Church St., Giffin said.

“It’s just a great complement, and people will know where to get their local produce and to come to see great vendors,” she said.

The Hagerstown City Council approved the market earlier this month.

For more information, including how to sign up to be a vendor, send an email to faireoffthesquare@hagerstownmd.org or call 301-739-8577, ext. 183 or 116.

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