WILLIAMSTOWN -- A series of summer street fairs is back for a fourth consecutive year.
Summer Sundays, formerly known as Sundays at Six, will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, with an assortment of music, food, artisans, games and science activities on Spring and Water streets. The series will continue July 15, 22 and 29, beginning at the same time.
Paula Consolini, a member of the Summer Sundays Planning Committee and coordinator for experiential education at Williams College, said Wednesday that instead of having the lower part of Spring Street closed, as has been the case in the past, the upper portion of the street will be closed this year.
"We're moving it up the street a little bit as an experiment. People have told us they thought there would be better participation by merchants and folks if we tried to move it up the street a bit," she said.
There will be music at the top and bottom of Spring Street, as well as on many of the green areas lining the street, she said. Children's activities will mostly be held on the space at the corner of Spring and Walden streets.
Consolini said the name change to Summer Sundays was chosen because it broadens the event's title since it doesn't start at 6 p.m. anymore.
"It's really four-ish or earlier," she said.
As has been the case in years past, music and activities will end around 8 p.m., and an outdoor movie, hosted by Images Cinema, will be show at dusk on
The movie line-up will include "To Catch A Thief" on July 8, "E.T." on July 15, "A League of Their Own" on July 22, and "The Sound of Music" on July 29.
A new addition to Summer Sundays will be the Young Artisans Initiative, which is being sponsored by Where'd You Get That?! at 100 Spring St. Michele Gietz, co-owner of the novelty toy store, said the idea for the initiative came from children and teenagers coming into the store and asking if she would be interested in looking at or selling what they made.
"We're prepared with our staff and some of the interns from Williams College assigned to Summer Sundays to provide a framework for the young artisans to be able to get the selling of their craft going," she said.
The fifth- through 12th-graders will learn as they sell, she said.
Among the things they'll learn is how to present their product, price it correctly and how to make a sale.
Anyone interested in participating in the Young Artisans Initiative can contact the store at 413-458-2206 or at email@example.com.
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