Organizers pleased with community market opening

By Kirstan Knowlton
BERLIN — Organizers said they couldn’t have asked for a better day for the opening of the Berlin Community Market. With a variety of vendors and a steady stream of supporters coming to shop, Market Manager Christina Lefebvre is calling opening day a success.
“The opening day for the Berlin Community Market was successful by anyone’s measure! We had 16 vendors and a very diverse mixture of products from arugula to lobster to wool. I was also very impressed by the number of folks who came out to enjoy and support the Berlin Community Market,” said Lefebvre.
Berlin’s Mayor Paul Grenier and City Councilmen and Berlin Community Market Board Member Peter Higbee kicked off the evening with a ribbon cutting under the newly constructed arbor that serves as the market’s entry way.
In his speech, Grenier focused on community spirit and moving forward despite the challenges that the city might face.
“I want to thank all the volunteers and market vendors who came together and made this possible. Because of you, we were able to overcome the challenges of keeping a market in the heart of our downtown. Berlin has a strong community spirit, and it is evident here tonight,” said Grenier.
Next week the market is planning a “Paint the Piano” event where people can come down and paint a square on the newly donated community piano for just $1.
All supplies will be provided, and the piano will remain downtown once the event is over for anyone to use.
The Berlin Community Market is held each Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gill Park located on Main St., in downtown Berlin. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Opening Day MarketMayor Paul Grenier and City Councilman and market organizer Peter Higbee cut the ceremonial ribbon for opening day of the Berlin Community Market. In the front, Market Manager Christina Lefebvre cheered them on. In the back row from the left, market board member Ted Bosen, vendor Merrily Brennon, market board member Kathy Trumbull, market board member Kirstan Knowlton, market board member Sylvia Poulin and Helene Rayborn who donated the piano from the Community Bible Church. (COURTESY PHOTO)