Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Congo Square Market opens in Ithaca's Southside Neighborhood

Announcement from Cornell Cooperative Extension:


Every Friday 4-8pm at the Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St.
1. to build a stronger self-reliant local community,
2. to develop Southside’s economic base
3. to encourage community & personal health.

Named for the famous Congo Square in New Orleans, this market honors African-American history. In the early days of US slavery, recently enslaved African peoples and others could gather in Congo Square on Sundays for music, dance, and stories.

This summer, Congo Square Market is for the empowerment of our local community and is a collaboration between Southside Community Center, Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Paul Scheurs Memorial Program, and TC Cornell Cooperative Extension's Whole Community Project. Jhakeem Haltom, a staff member of the Paul Scheurs Program, is the market founder and manager.

Be on the look out for:
B.M. Urban Wear,
Shiemeles Fikera's Hand Made Ethiopian Scarf's and Dress
Poppin' Collars t-shirts,
Diaspora Gallery,
and Micheryl's Wedding Services.

Food stalls:
Fruit & vegetable stall with seasonal local produce
La Paladar Cuban food,
Feel Good Foods Catering,
Jamaican Foods,
and more!

Come shop, eat, visit with neighbors, meet the vendors and have a great time mingling and dancing to live local musicians.

The market will operate between 4 and 8 pm every Friday through September 3rd at the Southside Community Center, 305 South Plain St, Ithaca.

Proceeds from the fruit and vegetable stand and all vendor fees will go to Southside Community Center programming as well as to help Congo Square Market continue. If you are interested in vending, contact us today. People new to vending are especially welcome and start-up support will be provided.  For more information, see the CCE-TC website.

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