The Artists’ Market Community Center in Shohola recently hosted its Coney Island in Shohola tribute, a festive cultural event that re-created the look and feel of New York’s famous summertime beach and amusement park.
The festivities included a mermaid parade, street performers, and circus sideshow. This was the second year the event was held.
The parade started out from in front of the Artists’ Market, at 114 Richardson Avenue, and continued for several blocks, crossing over the Shohola-Barryville Bridge into New York before turning back.
Mermaids, sea monsters, and other deep-sea creatures mixed with carny characters and flower children to create an extra-colorful procession that attracted a lot of attention. Parade participants were encouraged to wear hippy threads in recognition of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, held 50 years ago this month in next-door Sullivan County, N.Y.
Many of the participants never finished the route, though. They were sidetracked by a music festival going on at the same time on the New York side, on the the lawn of The Carriage House.
After the parade, visitors returned to the Artists’ Market to see the work of local artists. A few artists were on hand for a meet-and-greet that offered refreshments, live entertainment, and other activities.
Special guest Denny Daniel, founder of The Museum of Interesting Things, a traveling interactive exhibition, captivated attendees with antiques and inventions that have had an influence on the world through the years. For more information visit the museum's website at museumofinterestingthings.org.
For information about he Artists’ Market visit http://artistsmarketcc.com.