http://votebradsnellward5.blogspot.com/2010/05/farmers-market-what-location-mistake.html He whines about problems with parking, and then that washrooms available in the town offices adds to the “financial burden of the market”. The remainder of his complaints are mostly to do with the new location of the Newmarket Farmers Market which I understand is a “temporary” location. I agree with Mr. Snell about accessibility issues, and removing the market from its previous location and that pedestrian traffic was essential to the merchants of the area. This was the exact issue we encountered here in Aurora when the market moved from it’s Temperence St. location over to town park. Then Mr. Snell decides to draw an incorrect comparison between the Aurora and Newmarket Farmers Markets:
“Having visited the Aurora Farmers Market I was amazed at the difference in staging the event, which is supposed to be for the merchants and the people. The Aurora Farmers Market in recent years, featured musical acts in the band shell, events for the families and children, and always a member of council whether it be the mayor, or councilors visible for your questions or comments.” I guess it isn’t a surprise that a councilor would be embracing politics at a Farmers market, regardless he is laughing if he believes the community also values the influx of politicians at their market. It clearly doesn’t. Yes Mr. Snell the Aurora Farmers Market is indeed “supposed to be for the merchants and the people”, but it certainly hasn’t enjoyed that purpose over the last 3 years because there is “always the mayor and a member of council visible”. In fact this last week both the Mayor was out in full force shaking hands while councilor Granger , who already showed off his dancing moves at last years excuse for a Thriller Dance, decided he’d try his chops at some karaoke. Approaching the stage looking like Susan Boyle with a Justin Berber haircut he joined the band and belted out some horribly off-tone sounds. I had to flee with my daughter to the splash pad to escape the wretched sound. The times that have visited the Newmarket Farmers Market I have found it very enjoyable and that is the secret to its success. If anything the Aurora Farmers Market needs to pay attention to their marketing, event coordination and impressive vendor list, not the other way round.
It’s very interesting that Mr. Snell comments regarding the Aurora Farmers Market focuses on “musical acts in the band shell, events for the families and children” when the Newmarket Farmers’ Market has always held events for families and children including live music, hay rides and even a Christmas Market.All of these details are listed on their website: http://www.newmarketfarmersmarket.com/entertainment.html And Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newmarket-NH/Newmarket-Farmers-Market/203763883412 If Mr. Snell bothered to pay attention before he went on his tirade he would have found that they even run a Farmers market at Southlake Hospital on Wednesdays from 11Am – 3PM. What a fantastic opportunity for people to top up their shopping mid week, this would rectify Mr. Snall’s accessibility concerns.
Back in 2006 Mr. Snell lost to Chris Emanuel. I guess Mr. Snell realizes he doesn’t stand a chance against the very effective and well respected Mr. Emanuel and why he has chosen to run for ward 5 against Joe Sponga.