By Leanndra W. Padgett
An innovative and exciting movement is developing in downtown Lexington. Citizens are joining with artists of all kinds, from musicians to vendors of food, drink and crafts and are coming together with the purpose of making downtown Lexington an exciting and community-oriented place. This goal is being met through several different initiatives, one of which is The Night Market. The first Night Market was held in August. Bryan Ave., between North Limestone and Loudon Avenue, was blocked off so that pedestrians could enjoy the street fair from 7 p.m. to just before midnight. The Facebook event proclaims that “The Night Market is about highlighting creativity, changing perceptions and bringing people together by throwing a late-night celebration centered on strengthening community ties.”
The August event was exciting as hundreds of people meandered the street, looking at art and tasting food. Several people from GC were there, from current students to graduates. A professor was even sighted. A short drive from GC, the event was a great way to participate in the sort of event that a larger city like Lexington can offer. The market was basically an introduction to local Lexington, as many companies and non-profit organizations had booths and displays. The Lexington Rescue Mission, The Bazaar and Gathering Place had open doors for customers to browse the thrift shop and enjoy some coffee. Lexington’s West Sixth Brewery had drinks as well as The Weekly Juicery, a Vine Street company that makes and delivers pressed juices, wheatgrass shots and speciality smoothies. Crank and Boom, an ice creamery with unique Ky flavors such as bourbon and blackberry, was also present and gave away a free scoop to 50 lucky guests. Various artists played music and a film was projected onto the side of a building. The event was hosted by NoLi CDC, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, WRFL, Kentucky for Kentucky and the Lexington Film League.
A major organizer and sponsor of Night Market is the North Limestone Community Development Corporation or NoLi CDC, a neighborhood association committed to “bringing long-term vibrancy to the North Limestone neighborhood.” The group is especially keen on the vision of maintaining and furthering the beautiful elements of the North Lime area. Other projects in which they are involved include LuigART, NoLi MusicWorks, North Pole Community Garden and North Limestone Business Association.
The second event, Night Market—Boomslang Edition, will take place on Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. NoLi CDC, Kentucky for Kentucky and WRFL 88.1’s will host festival Boomslang: A Celebration of Sound & Art. Music will feature Young Widows, No Joy and Body/Head. Food will be available by Minton’s, North Limestone Coffee and Donuts, Roll This and Crank and Boom. Many artists and nonprofit organizations alike will be present including Broke Spoke Bike Shop, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) and Fox House Vintage. It should be an exciting night of collaboration, celebration and fun in downtown Lexington. For more information, check out the Facebook event The Night Market – Boomslang Edition or the page NoLi CDC.