Unlike anything found in Wilson County, an exciting summertime venue that combines music and theatre with a rainbow of artisan crafts and local produce begins this month in Mt. Juliet.
The ever popular Farmizan Market and the The Arts Alliance Summer Fest 2015 have joined forces for the first time to bring a unique, once-a-month venue that's predicted to draw thousands of people to Charlie Daniels Park every third Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Organizers said the venue is a place families can spend the day to purchase crafts, listen to world-class entertainment and pick up a plethora of farm fresh produce in the Northtown District that has emerged as the place to be in Wilson County. Arts Alliance representative Gary Rabideau said picnics and blankets are encouraged.
"This is the third year for The Arts Alliance Summer Fest of Music and Theater at Charlie Daniels Park," Rabideau said. "The event has been very successful in the past and we are excited about our new partnership with The Farmizan Market of Mt. Juliet. They will add over 20 booths of fresh local produce and artisan crafts, which give a lot of reasons to join us at the park every third Saturday."
Ozlem Jennings and Tobie Harding founded Farmizan Market last year and the market took place every third Saturday throughout last summer at Goodard Park. It was a popular destination for those who wanted to purchase fresh produce and unique crafts, soaps and locally-produced foodstuffs.
"We loved the location, but this year the (Mt. Juliet) Parks Department approached us and asked us if we'd like to set up at Charlie Daniels park and partner with Summer Fest," Jennings said. "We originally wanted to be at the (Charlie Daniels) Park, simply because people know where it is. It will benefit both of us. We are excited to join forces. I know it's going to be fantastic."
Attendees will now have a double treat. Jennings said 20 venders have already signed up to participate. People can listen to a wide variety of music throughout the summer as they peruse booths scattered throughout the park. The venders plan to show off fun, unique, quirky, vintage and rare extras that will make great additions to anyone's home or for gifts. Some of the venders' items include candles, bows, glass, Alpaca garments, custom firewood, soap, plant markers, fruit smoothies, coffees and jams. The list goes on.
"It's not like a regular farmers market now," Jennings said. "It's an event. It's a place to spend a few hours."
The buzz is big. Already there are 11 local sponsors, double the number of last year's market.
The first event is April 18, starting at 4 p.m. Rabideau said Erica Jo, of Nashville Star fame, will be the headliner entertainment the that day. He said she's "a fantastic entertainer" and was the resounding closing act at Summer Fest last year.
Other entertainment throughout the summer is Cedar Creek Community Band, The Jazz Alliance, Encore Theatre Company and Singer Songwriter Day. Dancing on the grounds is encouraged. Popular acts that performed at last year's Farmizan Market will also take to the stage in the park during the venues.
Farmizan Market's first year's vendor fees were donated to the Mt. Juliet Help Center.
This year, vendor's fees will be collected throughout the summer and donated to a local cause, said Jennings.
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