Board Members of the Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum (BLFM) are planning an enjoyable afternoon for the community when they host their nineteenth annual Main Street Market on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Lockport's Bayou Side Park.
This year’s market event features approximately sixty vendors comprised of crafters, painters, and other artisans selling paintings, clothing, jewelry, pottery, lawn ornaments, purses, woodcrafts, and a variety of other novelties. Simply said, there will be something for everyone!
Shoppers can stroll along the scenic path, which will host the array of vendors, relax in a gazebo, or grab a seat under a shade tree to enjoy a bite to eat. Children can take a romp in the playground, and everyone can take in all the Market has to offer at leisure.
When asked how the event has grown over the years, Board member, Margie Black explained that the Young Marines, a nonprofit organization hosted the early years of the Main Street Market. During that time, BLFM assisted with the event as a cohost.
As the annual affair continued year after year, BLFM took over the reins to carry on the tradition, which has grown quite impressively through the years. One of the longest standing annual events in Lockport, the popular market brings returning and new vendors each year as Kim Suggs, another BLFM Board member explained.
“Many of our vendors come back every year to sell their crafts. The market continues to grow as new vendors continue to register for the annual event,” said Kim.
Without the continued support of vendors and community, Main Street Market would not be what it is today.
In the beginning, the event took place on Main Street. It was only later Main Street Market moved to the Bayou Side Park,” Kim stated. The park offers more room, a great bayou side view, and frees up Main Street for parking.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event to benefit the museum, and not only pay for operational but also new exhibits, and the completion of the restoration project on the upper floors of the museum, which are coming along beautifully.
Kim stated, “One of the restored rooms will soon hold a new temporary exhibit called ‘Music on the Bayou.’ For any local families interested in lending memorabilia we would love to see what they have. Items can be anything that reflects Bayou music culture. A few of the items we have currently is a violin, washboard, and a Cajun-style band poster."
The exhibit is set to open in spring of this year.
Memorabilia on loan to BLFM for exhibits remain with the museum for one year then are returned to the owner. For those who may have pictures representing music on the bayou, BLFM can make copies and return the original to the owner immediately.
And crafters … it is not too late to reserve your spot but act quickly as time is drawing near and space is limited! Deadline to register is March 8, but there may be a little wiggle room after the deadline, depending on space availability.
The Bayou Side Park, located at 222 Canal Street in Lockport, sits at the intersection of Bayou Lafourche and the Old Company Canal. Anyone interested in participating or for more information should call Dee Dee or Kim at 985-532-5909, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Fri, March 2, 2018
by By Holly McKeon, Contributing Writer