The 3<sup>rd</sup> season of the <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/wednesdaysinwellsville/”>Wednesdays in Wellsville Farmer & Craft Market</a> opens Wednesday, June 7, providing participants with 11 weeks of “food, fun and friends.” Located on Wellsville City Square (75 S. 100 E.), the event is a fundraiser for the historic Wellsville Tabernacle and has grown substantially since its first season. Kaylene Ames is the coordinator of the market and looks forward to another successful season.
“Wednesdays in Wellsville was created to help our community and the surrounding communities be aware of the fundraising efforts to help the Wellsville Foundation repair our beautiful historic building,” she said. “Since we are not able to do events in the building currently, the next best thing was to create an opportunity for people to get involved outside of the building and revitalize Wellsville Square.”
Ames said all of the booth fees collected during the market go directly toward the Tabernacle’s rehabilitation in the hope that the building will ultimately become Wellsville’s community center. The project is being managed by the <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/Wellsville-Foundation-Inc-180354002047509/”>Wellsville Foundation</a>, of which Ames is a board member. She said the 2017 Wednesdays in Wellsville season will run through August 16, with each week featuring something new.
“We’ll have a couple of produce vendors, we’ll have a couple of frozen meat vendors and you’ll be able to get Aggie ice cream from one of our vendors,” she said. “The Sno Barn is always a fun attraction, and we have many more vendors this year than we’ve had in the years past.”
Ames said what she enjoys most about Wednesdays in Wellsville are the “smiles and the laughter.” She said the atmosphere is welcoming and designed for families.
“The difference between our event and other events,” she explained, “is that we are quite a bit more relaxed. Our environment is lots of fun where people can come out and enjoy fresh produce, come out and enjoy friends and entertainment and come out and enjoy a great dinner for a reasonable price.”
The market kicks off Wednesday with live music by Bryce Wood of <a href=”http://www.woodlivemusic.com/”>Wood Live Music</a>, who performed in the Tabernacle prior to it being closed for repairs. The market’s hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Wednesday, with entertainment from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and food sales from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Street tacos will be sold for $2 each on June 7, with Pepsi sponsoring beverage sales. Entertainment and meal choices throughout the rest of the season will be announced on a monthly basis.
“Every week, we’re going to have a specific theme,” said Ames. “June 7, obviously, is our opening act with Bryce Wood Live Music. On June 14, we’ll have a really fun twist contest. June 21st will be our <a href=”https://whistlersfaire.blogspot.com/”>Whistler’s Faire</a>—an event within an event—and June 28th is our annual Shop and Swap, which is actually a glorified yard sale.”
Rachel Martin, coordinator of the Whistler’s Faire and a returning market vendor, said she and many other vendors are excited for the start of the Wednesdays in Wellsville season. Martin and her husband operate a business called <a href=”https://handcrafterslair.blogspot.com/”>The Handcrafter’s Lair</a> and will sell all-natural bath and spa products, unique crochet and knit products and jewelry throughout the upcoming season.
“My husband does a unique form of jewelry called ‘chainmail jewelry’ that’s similar to the historic chainmail shirts that they used for armor,” she said, “and we combine that with other products that are all handcrafted and artisan-based to create gift sets that are just really directed to bring imagination to life in a natural and healthy way.”
More information about the Wednesdays in Wellsville Farmer & Craft Market is available at <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/wednesdaysinwellsville/”>facebook.com/wednesdaysinwellsville</a>.