Thursday Night Market
Posted 11 June 2009 - 04:46 PM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 05:03 PM
Heading out there in a bit. I'm hopeful, but will let you know my impressions after I get home.
Posted 11 June 2009 - 06:01 PM
Not sure what it was like before, but I thought it was great. It's a great way to get people out for the evening and spend some time. There is apparantly a teenager area which is coming soon I think? Not a bad idea as I remember being a teenager well and would much rather be hanging out with the other kids than my own parents at an event like that!
Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:20 PM
My only criticism is the "farmer's market." I want a real farmer's market, not a second-rate grocery store's produce department.
Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:25 PM
We will DEFINITELY be making this a weekly summer evening activity! Oh, and I got a shirt, a couple yo-yos and a frisbee from the myfolsom.com booth, from who I will assume was John.
Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:31 PM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:52 PM
Ran into newsblaze and john.
Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:15 PM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:21 PM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:44 PM
I guess I never noticed a "teen area" and it didn't seem like the teens did either.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:44 AM
I think most of the restaurants, stores, were packed with people, so I hope it was successful for them. I liked that there was an information booth - and someone announcing upcoming events and activities. However if they had not "announced" it, I would not be aware that a teen zone was there. I think that will come with time though.
My boys loved petting all the dogs, so they certainly enjoyed the pups being there. I know there has been some controversy over if dogs should be allowed, but I think if everyone is as well behaved (dogs and kids alike) as last night, there should be no reason they can't all get along. I know my boys want to go back to see the "puppies" as much as anything else - except the bounce houses, of course. THAT was their favorite.
A couple negatives - which have already been mentioned, but I wanted to note because I notices them too:
I miss the fresh fruit/veggie vendors. I thought that was the core that the rest of TNM was built around. I know that Grocery Outlet is there - is that the agreement? They are the only ones allowed to sell produce in turn for helping sponsor the event? I would like to see the old farmers market area return down by Chicago Fire.
Again - just a note to the people running the bounce houses. Be aware of the age/size differences in the kids. Little ones got pummeled last night by some of the bigger kids. Maybe they could even bring a third "little" bounce house just for toddlers?
Hope the cool weather holds. The high heat will be the only thing that would keep me from returning to TNM all summer long.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 07:26 AM
...there was supposed to be a point to that; it'll come to me soon.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 07:30 AM
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