BAYarts' Thursday Market returns with new hours
Times they are a-changin' – and with new rules for social distancing and safety, BAYarts is making a conscious effort to roll things out slowly this year.
Delayed classes finally began this week and now the Summer Market returns – with new daytime hours, for the time being. Thursday Market will be held every second and fourth Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. beginning July 9.
"With the abundance of visitors to the park this year, we have taken extra precautions for safety and crowd control as we slowly reopen," explained BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "We have worked very closely with [landlord] Cleveland Metroparks, following the guidelines of the CDC for during this unusual year."
Although the daytime hours may take some getting used to, if all goes well, it will be temporary. As visitors become accustomed to this new way of social distancing, BAYarts plans to revisit to the traditional Thursday night hours and bring in more vendors. As always, local non-profits will attend the market, free of charge. Local musicians Hoodoo BBQ will provide live music while the Thyme Table food truck provides lunch.
"We are also hoping to highlight a lot of the local artisans who lost business this year when all the festivals across the region were cancelled," said Thursday Market coordinator Lauren Goik.
As always, this is a great social distancing opportunity for dogs on a leash. BAYarts' Thursday Market is, if nothing else, a free and casual way to drop in and see friends and neighbors, and take home some local goods. Interested vendors or non-profits should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Petkovic, Artistic Director