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Juried Handmade Arts and Crafts Market Comprised of 70% Women Owned Businesses this Season

New England Open Markets, today announces details of the 2017 Greenway Open Market, in partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Greenway Open Market, located in the Wharf Districts Parks of the Greenway, is a juried handmade arts and crafts market. Only the best of the region’s artisans and makers are accepted. The Greenway Open Market, now in its eighth year, is scheduled to occur every Saturday and the first and third Sundays beginning this weekend, May 6th & May 7th and running through October.

“The Greenway Open Market offers the ideal market experience for both our customers and vendors,” said Chris Masci, Founder, New England Open Markets (owner & operator of Greenway Open Market). “We are thrilled to partner with The Greenway and continued to be impressed with their extensive and expanding schedule of programs and events. The diversity in the content of these programs offer customers a reason to frequent this attraction and for our vendors, this is key to their success.”

With over 400 free events attracting 1.4million visitors to the Greenway in 2016, the Greenway Open Market is surrounded by a variety of activities and experiences for customers to enjoy while shopping handmade arts and crafts market. Customers visiting the Greenway Open Market will also find: Mobile Eats (food trucks and picnic area), Public Art, Greenway Carousel, Trillium Beer Garden, Curated Festivals, Plants & Landscapes, Fountains, Tours, & much more.

“We’re delighted at the return of the Greenway Open Market for another season of featuring New England artists and craft creations in the heart of The Greenway,” offered Greenway Executive Director Jesse Brackenbury. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with New England Open Markets on a terrific season ahead.”

Each weekend, the Saturday market will be curated and filled with a unique mix of 70 artisans and makers selling their handmade wares. Women owned businesses dominate the market this year with over 70% of the vendors run by female business owners including vendors such Art by Malu, It’s Sew You, Liquor Wicks, Lolas Urban Village, Seacoast Sweets, Wander Truck, Joyo – Handmade laser cut wood jewelry & accessories, and many more. (a full list of participating vendors available upon request).

Through a public bid process, New England Open Markets was selected to serve as the operator for the handmade market for 2017. For more information about Greenway Open Market, please visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com and or follow @neopenmakets on social media.

Logistical Information
• Greenway Open Market 2017 season runs Saturdays and the 1st a& 3rd Sundays from the first weekend in May (5/6 & 5/7) through October
• Greenway Open Markets hour are as follows: May, June, Sept, Oct: 11am – 5pm | July & August: 11am to 6pm
• The market is located Wharf District Blocks of the Greenway
• Greenway Open Market is easily accessible via the Blue, Red, Orange, Green and Silver MBTA lines.
• The best resources for real time information about Greenway Open Market are the market’s website and various social channels:
o Website: www.newenglandopenmarkets.com
o Twitter: @neopenmarkets
o Instagram: @neopenmarkets
o Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewEnglandOpenMarkets/

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About New England Open Markets
In the energizing era of entrepreneurship, New England Open Markets serves over 400 small businesses each weekend, providing them with a venue for their talents and wares, and for the public, a unique shopping experience. Buyers meet the makers, the growers, the chefs, and learn a bit about the goods they are purchasing, where they originated, and how they were created. The vendors themselves, from all over New England and beyond, enjoy a supportive community of like-minded craftspeople, artisans and designers. The authenticity that can be found in the handmade and the independent give a refreshing choice to those in search of the individual. The mission of New England Open Markets is to support that movement. Please visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com for more information.

About The Greenway
About The Greenway The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston. The Greenway is a rooftop garden atop a highway tunnel that connects people and the city with beauty and fun. The non-profit Greenway Conservancy maintains, programs, and improves The Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Greenway welcomed 1.19 million visitors in 2015 for The Greenway Carousel, events, Wi-Fi, and Mobile Eats food trucks, plus millions more visitors who enjoyed the fountains, plazas, and gardens. The Conservancy has won numerous awards, including for our organic landscape care and park programming. The Greenway Conservancy Public Art Program, which recently showcased traveling and commissioned major works by Janet Echelman (As If It Were Already Here), Ai Weiwei (Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads), Lawrence Weiner (A TRANSLATION FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO ANOTHER), and Matthew Hoffman (MAY THIS NEVER END), is committed to exhibiting thoughtprovoking temporary installations of contemporary public art. Kyu Seok Oh’s Wandering Sheep (2015) was the third Greenway artwork in four years to be recognized by Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network as among the country’s best. Past exhibitions can be viewed on The Greenway’s website http://www.rosekennedygreenway.org.

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