Summer Sundays on Cannon Street launch a huge success

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The inaugural “Summer Sundays on Cannon Street” launched this past Sunday with a large turnout under clear skies and pleasant temperatures.  The event is the initiative of Second Ward Poughkeepsie Councilman Evan Menist.

 
“It’s a fun atmosphere,” Menist said as he spoke to the participating vendors and patrons during the street fair.  Cannon Street was closed to vehicular traffic between Market and Liberty Streets and tents, tables, and chairs occupied the pavement. 
Starting at noon, attendees were able to visit booths set up by local restaurants and other businesses within a one-block radius.  Live music began at 2 p.m.  The entire event ran until 5:30 p.m.
 
“It’s great to see the city coming back to life after COVID,” Menist added.  The lawmaker came up with the plan to give local businesses a chance to increase revenue on a normally slow business day.  The area does not have much traffic on Sunday afternoons.
 
Poughkeepsie resident Christine Robins attended with her husband and a group of friends.  “This is a wonderful thing to have,” said Robins.  “I hope to see it happen again.”
 
Menist planned to talk with the participating vendors after the event to gauge interest in repeating it again.  He said it could continue on a monthly basis but would consider plans for a weekly event if there is enough support.