'Getting better and better'
After a brief winter hiatus, Sanford 2nd Sunday — a monthly vendor fair meant to draw residents to downtown Sanford — is back.
More than 20 vendors are slated to fill downtown's streets from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, including a live musician, a local brewery, crafters and merchants. Several downtown Sanford shops will also be open, some offering refreshments or sales for the afternoon.
“We want to show people what we got in downtown,” said David Nestor, the husband in the husband-and-wife duo organizing the events. “And we want to give people an opportunity to showcase their wares in a different format.”
Nestor’s wife, Dawn, is the driving force behind the series, he said.
Sunday's street festival marks the first of the monthly events that are tentatively scheduled to continue until November.
The Lee County Arts Council will be out in full force for the jamboree, said Executive Director Mary-Jo Albright, as the nonprofit celebrates Youth Arts Month with a vendor sale, art-related crafts and demonstrations for children and an art show from local schools and youth groups, all located within the Steele Street Mall.
“We always have our kids art day on second Sunday so it coincides with the event," she said "With the open house in the downtown area, folks can drop off their kids for an art project while they go out shopping.”
Steele Magnolias Thrift Store, located on the corner of Steele and Carthage streets, participated in the first series of Sanford 2nd Sunday events when it began last fall, said owner Lainey Prokop.
“I thought it turned out really [well],” she said. “We got a lot of action, especially when the weather is nice.”
The store began to stay open on Sundays during the other parts of the month after people became accustomed to seeing the store open during the special events, she said.
“We will probably have some cookies or something to drink, and more than likely run a 20 percent sale Sunday,” Prokop said.
Sandy Snyder, general manager of Carolina Artists’ Colony, said the Moore Street store is open every Sunday and anything people can do to highlight downtown and draw more people is important.
“Downtown Sanford is just getting better and better, and getting busier and busier,” Snyder said. “We need to do everything we can to support it, and for more people to come out. It helps keep money in our town.”
More information about the event, what stores will be open and which vendors will be present can be found online at www.sanford2ndsundaync.weebly.com/.
WANT TO GO?
What: Sanford 2nd Sunday
Where: Downtown Sanford
When: Noon to 4 p.m. every second Sunday
Admission: Free to the public