Newberry Market: Emergent and Vibrant!
From its chrysalis, a beautiful butterfly has spread its wings to soar in White River Junction.
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Yesterday's Thursday Public Market Day offered a glimpse into what has quickly become a wonderful place for a diverse array of vendors to congregate and sell their craft and food items on Thursdays in White River Junction. David Briggs' latest creation is a comfortable and lively new space for people to meet, eat, and greet. Stretching out on Thursdays from 11 AM - 2 PM and again from 3 PM - 6 PM, this is a market for market lovers, and given the hours it's accessible to everyone. Come early, come late (come often!). You'll find delightful and delicious surprises await!
Cat's Eye Pottery in Newberry Public Market: Happy Vendor and Satisfied Customer
I sampled the Mexican fare—empanadas stuffed with pork and chicken, along with a horchata (a chilled Mexican rice-milk drink that's sweet and with a hint of cinnamon) that filled and refreshed me for lunch. I also had a chance to watch lots of children - big and little - effuse over the Cupcake Queen's extraordinarily-presented creations. All of this, plus vendors with craft items ranging from clothing to jewelry to pottery, provided a diverse array of delights for all ages.
The Thursday Public Market space is easy to find. It's on the main drag in White River Junction at 5 South Main Street, just across from the train station and flanked by two great eateries, Piecemeal Pies, a sweet and savory pie place that's quickly won over hearts and stomachs since it opened earlier this year, and Tuckerbox Cafe, where fine food and fine community members have been gathering for great breakfasts, lunch, coffee, tea, camaraderie, and dinner since 2013. Walk straight through the second set of double doors and you'll be in the Public Market space which is almost cavernous when empty, yet highly audible and animated on a day like yesterday when over a dozen vendors arrived to meet, greet, offer samples, and sell their items to a gratefully receptive public.
David Brigs (left) and Kathryn Page, a/k/a The Cupcake Queen, select a dessert and share a joke.
The Cupcake Queen, Kathryn Page of Hanover, NH, had a table that was nearly overrun with people while I was there. David Briggs, the founder of Newberry Market and owner of The Hotel Coolidge, couldn't help but buy a cupcake for a mid-afternoon treat. It was wonderful to watch children and adults alike fawn over Kathryn's creations. She's been at this for 6 years, from its founding to today. Come back next Thursday to sample some of her delightful treats, and take home a boxful for your family's dessert and next-day snacking.
Overall, this new Public Market space is a hit judging from the number of vendors who have flocked to it. Information on joining as a vendor, and visiting as a happy browser can be found at the Newberry Market website here. This market reminds me of a small section of the Atwater Market space I recently visited in Montreal. Newberry is not as large as Atwater by any stretch, and the meat and cheese vendors have yet to arrive, but the positive energy vibe was exactly the same. People were having fun, kids were running around or being shepherded by watchful parents and grandparents, almost everyone was engaging with one other, sampling and searching, and simply enjoying each others' company be they long-time friends or brand new acquaintances.
Three generations get into the act when selecting a cupcake from The Cupcake Queen!
This is a market's market at Newberry Public Market. Visit any Thursday, 11 AM - 2 PM, and 3 PM - 6 PM, except on holidays, and you'll see what I mean.
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Dave Celone is not a hand-crafted INK doll as made by Samantha Chalmus of Claremont, NH, as some might imagine. However, Long River Gallery & Gifts in Lyme, NH, and now in White River Junction, VT does sell them with pride!
Celone is a freelance writer, poet, art gallery curator, and
consultant for the education industry. He co-owns Long River
Gallery & Gifts in Lyme, NH with his wife Lisa where over 150
artists and artisans show their work. They have a new "pop-up"
gallery now open at 49 South Main Street in White River Junction, VT, right next to The Junction Frame Shop. Dave is also
principal of Advancement Consulting Services offering higher education
institutions and private secondary schools global best practices and unique
ways to increase alumni giving and involvement through programs that develop
relationships and value holistically. His "virtuous circle" model on
developing fundraising programs, and his belief in "treating students like
alumnae/i and alumnae/i like students" have gained favor among development
industry professionals and higher education leadership on multiple continents.
Dave is former director of development at The Tuck School of Business at
Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and former co-executive director of the
Dartmouth College Fund. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.