Cannon, Calves, Constitution
Washingtonville’s Farmers and Artisans Market Opens
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Farming, fighting the British, and liberty — what better way to sum up the area’s rich history, and kick off Washingtonville’s summertime season! On May 19, at the opening of the village’s monthly Farmers and Artisans Market event — themed “Taste of History” — people got schooled in American history courtesy of New Windsor Cantonment’s re-enactors who gave an authentic cannon demo, showed off a six-foot long rifle with lead shot and a bayonet, and displayed early American medicines. Alongside them was village historian Linda Standish who displayed early Washingtonville artifacts, and a table with Revolutionary and Civil War era items from Museum Village.
The giant event encircled the entire municipal parking lot on West Main Street in the center of the village, with tables and chairs in the center by the live music stage. Market co-chair Maaike Wiegman-Leavey handed out printed Constitutions to children and encouraged them to try their hand with dipper pens and sealing wax. Wagon Wheel Farm brought two 3-month old calves for the children to see and pet as they sold fresh eggs and other farm produce. There was also wood fired pizza, churros and empanadas, and cotton candy to enjoy beneath the shade canopies. Even reality TV star Mikey Tuttle from Orange County Choppers came around to visit.
Vendors included pottery, herbal soaps, jewelry, knitted goods, Brotherhood Winery wines, and a Jenny B actual beehive, honey, and other bee products. Children were fascinated by the beehive’s inhabitants, and took away sweet honey sticks to enjoy.
The next Washingtonville Farmers and Artisans Market event will be the June 16 “Father’s Day Car Show Classics to Modern,” where the Hudson Valley Hot Rods car club will host its weekly car cruise at the municipal lot from 11am-4pm. Market organizers said having the market once a month allows the series to be larger, more exciting, and draw more people.
CAPTION 1: Maaike Wiegman-Leavy, co-chair of the Washingtonville Farmers and Artisans Market, dressed in period clothing as she handed children copies of the Constitution printed on imitation parchment. They were also encouraged to try their skill with a dipper pen and sealing wax. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2: A Revolutionary War era re-enactor from the New Windsor Cantonment displayed a genuine cannon, along with an authentic long lead-shot rifle and bayonet, and early American medicines. (Photo provided)
CAPTION 3: The first annual Washingtonville Girl Scout Bake-Off was also held on May 19. The baked goods were judged by Kevin Radday, Washingtonville’s own “Betty” Crocker. Mayor Joe Bucco also enjoyed the sweets. (Photo provided)
CAPTION 4: no caption/Constitution photo (Photo provided)