Over the past six months, the newly formed Pawling Merchants’ Committee (PMC) has been working to implement strategies to improve local commerce and community participation. Formed in April as part of the Chamber of Commerce, the PMC membership is comprised of representatives from more than thirty local businesses, primarily retailers and establishments with storefronts. As autumn approaches, the group is planning several exciting events for residents and visitors alike.
On Saturday, September 22, the Chamber of Commerce will be holding the annual Festival of Arts and Crafts from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Village of Pawling. In addition to the many vendors that will be present, the Merchants’ Committee will also be providing the music and entertainment for the event.
On Saturday, October 6, the Merchants’ Committee will host “Health and Wellness on the Green,” which will take place on the Village Green from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Committee is in the process of recruiting participants from an array of healthcare specialties, including yoga, massage therapy, spa treatments, and holistic healing.
Later that month, the PMC will help Pawling get into the Halloween spirit. On Saturday, October 27, the Pawling Recreation Dept. will hold the annual “Trick of Treat on Village Streets” event. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. youngsters in costume are encouraged to walk throughout the village and collect candy from local business; they can also take pictures in a wooden graveyard on the Village Green and play in a bounce house. From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Merchants’ Committee will continue the festivities with music in the gazebo, as well as a costume contest with prizes.
The following month, the Merchants’ Committee will participate in Small Business Saturday on November 24. The day will include a pop-up holiday craft and gift tent on the Village Green, as well as music and entertainment. Organizers will be offering space to any merchant who wants to participate for a $25 table fee.
Heading into December, the Merchants’ Committee is also considering a number of ideas to help usher in the holiday season. Among the ideas being explored are a window and storefront decorating contest for local businesses, a Champagne Stroll, and a holiday light parade featuring local fire companies.