LENOX — As the tourist season is fast approaching, the Chamber of Commerce is planning a busy schedule for residents and visitors alike: several outdoor musical series, the return of the traditional vintage car show and artistic walks.
But a summer rendezvous is at stake: Lenox Farmers Market needs a location that spares the bustling downtown from extra parking lots and Friday traffic jams.
At this week’s select committee meeting, Jennifer Nacht, the chamber’s executive director, said last year’s site in a parking lot on Housatonic Street was no longer available. She suggested a location on the greenway across from Lilac Park on Main Street, as the original plan for the public library storefront is a failure due to a library construction project this summer.
Citing congestion at noon and afternoon on Friday, board chair Marybeth Mitts urged Nacht to explore another site. The Farmers’ Market has moved in recent years from Shakespeare & Company on Kemble Street to the grounds of St. Anne’s Church on Main Street, among others. But none seemed ideal for suppliers and customers.
Mitts suggested reconsidering the lawn in front of St. Ann’s, with its adjacent parking lot. “That would be nice, and the traffic could come and go quite easily,” she pointed out.
Nacht’s counter-proposal would move the weekly market, Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to Lilac Park.
But breeder Edward Lane called this area ‘probably the worst place to set up a farmers’ market’ due to the heavy traffic on Main Street.
“We racked our brains, everyone tries to find a good place, but it’s hard in town to find a place for that,” he said. “I don’t think any of us are opposed to the market, we would all like to see one, but I don’t know where to put it. You have to find a place. »
Nacht suggested that the Trinity Episcopal Church triangle or the Gateways Inn grounds be considered. “I would like it to stay within walking distance of the city, otherwise it doesn’t make sense for the House to continue to run it,” she said.
She agreed to consult with vendors and the chamber board to explore possibilities, but moving it to weekends is problematic as Pittsfield and Great Barrington host their markets on Saturdays.
Upcoming attractions are firmly scheduled:
• The Spring Art Walk on June 11 and 12 along the sidewalks of Main Street and Church Street, as well as Lilac Park, with music and food vendors
• Lenox Loves Music, a multi-genre performance series, at Lilac Park on Sundays at 3.30pm in June and September
• The Lenox Car Show, a House co-production with Donovan Motorcar Service, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18, primarily along Main Street, with up to 50 cars
• Music in the park, Wednesday evenings at Parc des Lilas, details to come.
• Lenox Craft Fair, Church on the Hill Assembly House, July 30-31.
• Apple Squeeze, back September 24 along the Main Street sidewalk.