By Mary Spicer
With tomorrow’s arrival of May’s second Saturday, the 2013 Second Saturdays Community Market on the cobblestone drive along the south side of Meadville’s historic Market House will officially kick off.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday’s “Green Celebration” will offer an assortment of local goods and services — and some really great ideas — according to organizer Becky Pineo, who has been working hard for months to put together a celebration worthy of the name.
In addition to the plants and produce that are a weekly feature of the Saturday farmers’ market at the Market House, folks from Pettis Road Greenhouse, Lindale Landscape Nurseries and Trace Lawn & Landscape will all be on hand.
For those with a Mothers Day shopping mission on their agenda, jewelry, pottery, fine handcrafted items, pastries and maple products are only a few of the assortment of goodies available.
Family-friendly entertainment will be the order of the day. The ever-popular Squeeze the Clown will be on the scene from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Magic Steve will present two 15-minute magic performances — one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 12:15 p.m.
On a musical note, tunes start promptly at 9 with Matt Texter performing until 10:30 a.m.; Greg Garing and the Gem City Grass, a folksie, progressive bluegrass group, will perform from 10:45 to 12:15; and Glenwood Hillbillies will begin at 12:30 p.m.
The Market House will also be humming with live music inside, according to Market Master Alice Sjolander.
Indoors, in addition to the normal offering of gourmet items and ingredients one might otherwise have to drive considerable distances to find, Sjolander is pleased to announce the arrival of Top Harvest Tea Company. Owner Steve Rider of Cambridge Springs hand-blends all his teas, which are packaged and ready for gift-giving as well as home use. They have black teas, green teas, ayuverdic teas and all kinds of tea accessories, including what Sjolander describes as “beautiful little tea pots.”
Anyone looking for a meal on the run Monday through Saturday can pick up a box lunch provided by Ocean’s Cafe, which are kept stocked in an indoor refrigerator.
Outdoors, Dan Girt of Babyface BBQ will start his 2013 season tomorrow and continue to be a regular Saturday vendor on the plaza at the rear of the Market House, Sjolander said.
Exciting season ahead
“We’re excited about the kickoff for the season,” Pineo said. “It should be a great one.”
Although Pineo is only in her first year at the Second Saturdays helm, founder Dave Mosbacher is acting as an advisor to her planning team.
“I recognized it last year as a really great event for the community and I didn’t want to see it go away,” she said when asked what prompted her move into the realm of event planning.
A native of eastern Pennsylvania, Pineo has a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program in public horticulture.
“I got some event-planning experience through that,” she explained, quickly confessing with a smile that when her husband, Isaac, a Meadville native who recently opened his own law office in downtown Meadville, learned that Mosbacher was looking for someone to pick up the Second Saturdays reins, “he kind of volunteered me.”
Second Saturdays Community Market is a nonprofit series of events operating under the umbrella of Meadville Council on the Arts.
This year’s presenting sponsor is Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. Second Saturdays, which will continue on the second Saturday of each month through September, is also funded by a grant through Arts Erie and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as by support provided by other local organizations and businesses.
“We’re very happy with the support of the community,” Pineo said.
Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.