Village of Ossining Hosts Second Annual Chalk It Up! Festival on October 4

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On Sunday, October 4, the Village of Ossining will host the second annual Chalk It Up! festival. Families and visitors from throughout Westchester County are invited to enjoy a day of music, crafts and food alongside amateur and professional artists painting Ossining’s Main and Spring Street sidewalks with chalk pastel.

Village of Ossining hosts 2nd Annual Chalk It Up! festival on October 4

Whether as a participant or festivalgoer, Chalk It Up is an excellent way to spend an afternoon surrounded by art and live music in Historic Downtown Ossining.

On Sunday, October 4, the Village of Ossining will host the second annual Chalk It Up! festival. Families and visitors from throughout Westchester County are invited to enjoy a day of music, crafts and food alongside amateur and professional artists painting Ossining’s Main and Spring Street sidewalks with chalk pastel. Sponsored by the Village of Ossining through its Downtown Events Committee, the free festival will be held from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

“Sidewalk painting is challenging, yet rewarding and the Downtown Events Committee is encouraging artists of all levels to share their artistic talents,” said Ingrid M. Richards, Manager of Downtown and Economic Development. “Whether as a participant or festivalgoer, Chalk It Up is an excellent way to spend an afternoon surrounded by art and live music in Historic Downtown Ossining.”

The deadline to register as an artist is September 21 with a $5 registration fee. After September 21, the registration fee will be $10. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the festival for first, second and third place. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own art with chalk, supplied by the Committee, while enjoying live music from Mike & Miriam Risko, Adam Love, Nancy Carmichael and Martin Aronchick. Space is still available for food and vendor booths.

"I'm excited for the second annual Chalk It Up event in Market Square,” said Mayor Victoria Gearity. “It is a wonderful opportunity for community members of all ages to be creative and share a fun experience in the heart of our village."

Established by the Village to promote the downtown area as a lively, safe and vibrant community, the Ossining Downtown Events Committee is charged with developing a variety of special events and activities at Ossining’s Market Square. The Committee is also a result of a joint partnership study with the Business Council of Westchester, which focused on how to attract young professionals to the historic village. Among the study's key findings was the desire for additional high quality programming for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

The Ossining Downtown Events Committee, comprised of local residents and business owners, includes Harry L. Campbell, President, Biofeedback Resources International Corp.; Bradley Morrison, Director of Cultural Arts at the Ossining School District; Miriam Risko, co-owner of Mike Risko Music School and Store; Kendra V. Rossney, owner and founder of Dragonfly Wellness Yoga Studio; Frankie Rowland, Director - Marketing & Community Relations, Down to Earth Farmer’s Markets; and Neil Woolf, owner of Bobs Army and Navy. Ingrid M. Richards, Ossining’s Manager of Downtown and Economic Development, serves as the Village liaison.

For more information on the Chalk It Up! festival, contact Ingrid M. Richards, Manager of Downtown and Economic Development, at (914) 941-3554 or irichards(at)villageofossining(dot)org. Applications for artists and vendors are available online at http://www.villageofossining.org/economicdevelopment.

About the Village of Ossining
On April 2, 1813, the Village of Ossining became the first incorporated village in Westchester County to be state-chartered. Today, Ossining is a culturally diverse, affordable place to live, rich in both history and natural beauty. Approximately 25,600 people reside in the three and one half square miles of this historic Village on the Hudson River, which boasts extensive shopping, recreational programs, educational enrichment opportunities, and excellent municipal services. Ossining’s role in New York’s heritage has been recognized by its inclusion, as one of only 14 areas, in an Urban Cultural Park System designed to attract visitors to the State. Visit http://www.villageofossining.org for more information.

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