Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Previewing July "First Thursday" Harvest Market

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market - Presented by Alexian Brothers continues its landmark tenth season this Thursday, June 24 from 10am-4pm at the Civic Center Parking Lot at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenue near City Hall. We invite you to come out and shop for all the best locally grown produce, fresh baked bread, meats, cheeses, spices and organic products!

Our next "First Thursday" market will take place on Thursday, July 1 with special extended market hours from 10am-6pm. In addition to our usual market, the DNA has planned the following activities and attractions for July's First Thursday:

* Ray Maxwell from Elgin Antiques & Uniques, whose antique juicers and reamers were recently profiled in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, will conduct a wood furniture restoration demonstration.
* The Elgin Express Train will pay a visit to the Harvest Market.
* Chef Virginia Lopez will conduct a cooking demonstration.
* The Frock Swap committee will be on hand to promote this year's wardrobe recycling/revitalization event, which benefits the Community Crisis Center, on August 5 at The Hemmens Cultural Center.
* The Centre's Raks Christina will be demonstrating Tribal Improvisational Bellydance which helps build core strength.
* Mad Discs & Dyes will conduct a t-shirt tie-dying demo.
* A Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Elgin will commence at 6pm. If you are interested in participating in the walking tour, please RSVP to by June 30.
* Information booths from Alexian Brothers, Salon Couture, Landin Chiropractic, ECCO and Elgin Community Network.
* Live music and entertainment (TBA)

The dates for the remaining special "First Thursday" markets this season are August 5, September 2 and October 7.

Nestled in the heart of historic Downtown Elgin within minutes of the Grand Victoria Casino, Metra and the scenic Fox River, and within walking distance from Downtown’s dining and shopping district, the Harvest Market attracts hundreds of local residents and workers each and every week.

For more information about the 2010 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, please call Jason Pawlowski, Promotions Coordinator for the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, at (847) 488-1456 or e-mail:

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