The Stokes County Arts Council Board Members and Stokes Stomp Committee realize that artists have had a hard time this past year due to practically every vendor show, pop-up show, or street market being canceled due to COVID.
Nancy Markle and Tory Mabe, who are Co-Chairs of the Stokes Stomp Committee, brainstormed an idea of how to make available space for the long-term Stokes Stomp Vendors to market their items that they weren’t able to last year.
We pitched the idea to Eddy and presented it at the March Board meeting, where it had tremendous support from all Stokes Arts Board Members. At that meeting, we recruited the help of singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett who has assisted with a musical lineup for the Stokes Stomp over the past 2 years. Walnut Cove Elementary music teacher Andrew Young will be assisting to line up musical entertainment for the events beginning in May and going forward.
The idea is to have a local artist playing on stage inside The Arts Place for a 3 hour span from 1-4pm on the May 8 and May 22 events and then each other event in the series throughout the end of August.
In May the Junior Mountain Music Students will perform during one of the market events and Andrew Young himself will play at the other May market, the exact dates of who will perform when haven’t been finalized yet, but we do know there will be entertainment inside that visitors and market attendees can enjoy. Tips for those artists will be greatly appreciated.
The idea originally began with having pop-up market vendors in the back parking lot at The Arts Place, but after looking at the space along the front of the buildings on the Arts Block, Nancy and I identified 5 spots to space the vendors out appropriately. We collaborated with Bonnie Rodell at Artist Way for her to have extended hours on the Saturday Market days for anyone visiting the block to be able to order a sandwich or sweet snack.
The idea to move the market to the front of the building along the street was to bring additional awareness to the vendors as every car who would be passing by on Main Street would see them and see visitors walking, shopping, eating, and having a good time in historic Downtown Danbury.
Future plans, if this is well attended and received, are to add in a food truck and possibly extend vendors to behind the building if the interest in other vendors starts to increase.
Rocky’s Coffee and Ice Cream will be open for event attendees and shopping inside the Arts Place will be available. Additional tables will be placed outside for sitting, eating, and enjoying along the Arts Block in Danbury.
We hope that locals and visitors will venture out and enjoy as the Stokes Arts Volunteers will take every effort to ensure that all visitors are comfortable with their visitation, providing masks and sanitation stations as well as plenty of space to distance.
If a vendor is interested in signing up for future dates they can find out more and submit an application at www.stokesarts.org/market
Vendors for the April Markets include:
1. Ilse Watkins: Scarves sewn from recycled materials, knitted wearables, quilted potholders etc., Photo greeting cards.
2. Elizabeth Shanahan Studios: Original oil and acrylic paintings, notecard prints of original paintings
3. Chris Brower: Knothead’s Paracord Creations – Paracord bracelets, keychains, and paracord wrapped hiking sticks
4. McMasters Unlimited, LLC – McMasters’ Hawg Sauce taste testing and sells.
1. Lisa Craddock – Kaleidoscope Chaos: Tie dye clothing, accessories and home décor and tapestries.
2. Andrea Collins – Stokes Southern Creations: Decals, tumblers(hand decorated and epoxied), charger plates and more.
3. Elizabeth Shanahan Studios: Original oil and acrylic paintings, notecard prints of original paintings.
We are still looking to fill two spaces for April 24th, as we have one potential, but no firm commitment.
The Stokes County Arts Council is happy to welcome people back to events as we “ReStart The Arts” encouraging locals and visitors to shop locally, supporting the small businesses of local artists and business owners.