Essex Day set for Saturday, Aug. 4

— The historic hamlet of Essex will host its 33rd Downtown Essex Day on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

A mix of long-time favorites will be available, including antiques, collectibles, artwork, and crafts will be on sale at shops and booths throughout the hamlet.

Visitors can enjoy lunch or snacks at the Old Dock House Restaurant, historic Essex Inn, Essex Provisions, the Essex Ice Cream Café, and the Pink Pig. Families can eat picnic lunches at Beggs Park where children can jump and slide on the new playground equipment.

The hamlet is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Joan Crane will perform blues/folk tunes on the lawn at Pantouf's Glass Studio starting at 11 a.m. Lakeside School will offer face painting for the children, and the Belden Noble Memorial Library will issue library cards for its newly automated library services.

Walk-on tickets for the Essex-Charlotte ferry will be half-price when purchased between 10 a.m. and noon the day of the event thanks to the Lake Champlain Transportation Company.

Downtown Essex Day is sponsored by the community-based Essex Initiatives. For more information, contact Katharine Preston at 963-8966 or katharine.preston@gmail.com.

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