New downtown event debuts
GLOVERSVILLE — Beth Gaige’s reason for coming to Gloversville’s first Twilight Market was simple —“I came for the cookies,” said the Fultonville resident.
Joe and Amanda Moore of Electric Cookie Jar sold the cookies she bought. Joe said traffic to their stand was steady even though overcast skies forced the market to leave Main Street for the Farmers Market Pavilion.
“We came with six different flavors, and we’re down to three now,” he said.
Despite the weather, “we’ve had really impressive numbers all night long,” said Jennifer Jennings, downtown development specialist in charge of the event.
More Twilight Markets are planned for Aug. 11 and Sept. 8.
“Actually I’ve sold quite a bit tonight,” said Linda Horlbeck, who knits gloves and other clothing from the Horlbecks’ alpaca herd at Merry Hill Farm in Amsterdam.
“Sales are good,” said potter Christine Wagoner of Johnstown, owner of Peace of Pottery. “People like my work.”
Richard Rugen of Hope Valley Farm in Hope Falls, Hamilton County, said his sales of vegetables and flowers were so-so.
He said it has been a late season for vegetables and fruits. “Too much rain, too much cold, and too little sunshine,” he said.
Quinlan Davey and his wife, Catherine, of Fort Plain said they came to the market because it brings people downtown, and “the town needs some help.”
Jim Winnie of Gloversville came for the music, which was by the group Junk Rocket. “It’s relaxing,” he said. “I love the music. It costs you nothing.”
Because of the threat of rain, the Twilight Market was split between Main Street events and the pavilion.
The Glove Theater showed a children’s movie. Micropolis had an art exhibit at the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market. Children’s coloring, face painting and a contest to guess the number of jellies in a bottle were held there.
Janelle Krause did face painting. The kids “loved it,” she said.
“It was really a lot of fun having them come,” Krause said.
“The kids were giggly.”
Mike Hugo of Amsterdam, a guitarist, and Henry Fernandez of Albany, a saxophonist, played jazz at the coop.
Jennings expect the July and August Twilight Markets to be better–weather permitting.