First Hastings Flea Debuts Sunday

The Hastings Flea brings together a diverse selection of regional artists, artisans and musicians.

The Hastings Flea brings together a diverse selection of regional artists, artisans and musicians.

With the majestic Hudson River as a backdrop and a wealth of local talent as the inspiration, two local residents are launching a new local crafts and collectibles show. The first Hastings Flea launches this Sunday, and will showcase some of the creativity the area has to offer, including high quality crafts, fine art, music, and carefully curated vintage collectibles.

Hastings residents Ilana Arazie and Michelle DeForest conceived of the show as a way to foster community and to introduce locals and visitors alike to some of the remarkable creative talent living in the area. “We’re creating a place to enjoy one-of-a-kind vendors in one of the most beautiful villages along the Hudson just as the fall foliage hits its peak,” says Arazie.

DeForest adds, “The Flea will showcase Hastings’ own incredible talent and taste alongside fellow Hudson Valley artists and curators. There will also be special music and crafts for kids, and items for pets.”

Inspired in part by the Brooklyn Flea, Arazie and DeForest wanted to bring an event with a similar creative, community-oriented spirit to the region. The show will feature regional artisans offering hand crafted jewelry, pottery, quilts, candles, paintings and clothing, and will also offer an eclectic selection of vintage collectibles, furniture, clothing, books and records.

Live music will be provided by Matt Turk, George Gierer, The Blues Mothers, and Solar Punch, who will power the stage with solar power. Hastings’ own Clockwork Records will be spinning records at their booth as well.

The Hastings Flea will run from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday, October 20th, and will be located in the Zinsser MetroNorth Commuter Parking Lot on Southside Avenue. Maps of the village will be available at the Information Booth so visitors can explore the best of what Hastings has to offer within easy walking distance of the Flea and train station.

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