HASTINGS-IN-HUDSON, N.Y. - Inspired by the creativity and vitality of their village, Hastings residents Ilana Arazie and Michelle DeForest have created Hastings Flea, a planned monthly market that will debut at the Zinsser Metro-North train station on the waterfront Sunday, Oct. 20.
Arazie and DeForest, both from tech start up and digital media backgrounds, will present a variety of vendors of handmade crafts, home goods, jewelry, and unique vintage and antique clothing, collectibles, and furniture with a backdrop of live music.
"We love it here and love the community and wanted to create something that helped foster community," Arazie said. "Michelle is pretty crafty, so it just made sense. The Brooklyn flea is huge and we thought we would try to bring something like this to our village, where the community could benefit, and we can continue to work in the town we love."
Approved for a Sunday tryout at the train station venue by the Hastings Village Board early this month, the Hastings Flea is a compliment to the weekly Saturday Farmers Market that is held up the hill from the train station at Village Hall each Saturday.
"This is an experiment and we will watch this first effort to see how it does," Mayor Peter Swiderski said. "Since it is a Sunday morning. I don't expect any issues."
According to Arazie, the Hastings Flea, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., "will showcase Hastings’ own incredible talent and taste alongside fellow Hudson Valley artists and curators. There will also be special music and crafts for kids."
Live music will be provided by Matt Turk, George Gierer, The Blues Mothers, and Solar Punch, who is powering the stage with solar power. Hastings' own Clockwork Records will be spinning records at their booth as well.
The Hastings Flea will be located in the Zinsser MetroNorth Commuter Parking Lot on Southside Avenue directly across from the Hastings stop on the Metro-North line.
Maps of the village will be available at the Information Booth so visitors can explore the best of what Hastings has to offer within easy walking distance from the Flea and MetroNorth Train Station.
For more information, log on to the Hastings Flea website.