Binghamton Farmers’ Market and Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

June 18, 2011

My YouTube video of the Binghamton Farmers’ Market and opening day of the 2011 season of the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series featuring Pat Donnelly and friends:

LINK: Official Binghamton Farmers’ Market website

LINK: the website of Amanda Chmela, the woman singing with Pat Donnelly

From the official Farmers’ Market website’s “About Us” page:

There has been a Farmers Market in Downtown Binghamton since as long as anyone can remember. It has changed locations a few times and the days have changed once or twice. But, generally speaking, it has been on Tuesdays and Fridays near the Court House for many years.

In 2005, the Downtown Binghamton Business Association, which has operated the market for many years, formed a Farmers Market Committee chaired by then City Clerk Eric Denk. Denk has moved on to become Clerk of the Broome County Legislature and continues to chair the Farmers Market Committee today. Over the past six years, Denk and Patty Albaugh worked to re-vamp the Market rules to state that 50% of the products sold at the Market must be grown or produced by the vendor who is selling them. In practice, most vendors bring 100% locally grown or locally produced products.

Denk first introduced student interns to assist with market operations in 2008 with one student intern. In 2009 a relationship was formed with the School of Management at Binghamton University which produced three interns in 2009.

In 2009, the Market introduced a General Store to offer additional products and make the market more diverse.

The Market will continue to provide a fun place to hang out, listen to great music, and to take a break from our hectic schedules to sample Nature’s best, brought to downtown by our very own local growers.

From the Broome County Arts Council:

Mayor Matt Ryan to Kickoff 2011 Brown Bag Lunch Series

BINGHAMTON, NY- Mayor Matt Ryan will join County Executive Pat Brennan and the Binghamton Economic Development Office to present “Pat & Dickie” as they launch the 2011 Brown Bag Lunch Series on Friday, June 17th from noon-1pm at the Farmers’ Market on Collier Street in downtown Binghamton. Browse the stands of organic fruit, vegetables, and even organic meats to their engaging tunes!

This year’s concert series will features 11 of the most highly requested performances, providing a line-up of musicians that expose listeners to Pop, Rock, Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Ethnic Jazz, New Age, Country and an all-time favorite, Steel Drums. Announcements about the series can be found at the City’s website at http://www.cityofbinghamton.com/events.asp Farmers’ Market website http://www.binghamtonfarmersmarket.com, or pick up one of our signature brown paper lunch bags found at the market or in downtown shops and eateries!

As their promotional notes say:

“P-n-D” is a two piece act of Pat Donnelly with his nephew Dickie with guitar, percussion and shared vocals playing old to new pop, rock, and country covers and originals. They’ve played music for 10+ years in former bands “The Ride” and “III”. Their influences are Dave Matthews, Bill Withers, Prince, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Radio Head. Using guitar and drum effects, they play to the crowd to create sounds and a music experience they will remember.

Our concert series is made possible with the generous financial support of our new and continued sponsors, the City of Binghamton; Broome County Department of Parks & Recreation; Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP; the Binghamton Farmers Market Committee/Downtown Binghamton Business Association and NBT Bank.

Please visit Friday’s market and enjoy “Pat & Dickie”!

For more information, please contact the City of Binghamton at 607.772.7161.

From the City of Binghamton website:

City Kicks Off 6th Annual Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

The sixth annual Brown Bag Concert Series kicked off today, from 12:00-1:00pm, on Collier Street, between Hawley and Court Streets.

There, the Binghamton-based folk/rock band Driftwood played songs from their latest album, as well as other favorites.

The 2010 Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series will take place during the same time each Friday from today until September 3rd. All of the 11 concerts are free and held in conjunction with the Downtown Farmers’ Market, which also takes place on Collier Street on Fridays. The Series’ artists are locally-based, and represent a variety of musical backgrounds.

In addition to tomorrow’s performance, this year’s Brown Bag concerts include the following:

June 25th—Pat & Dickie

July 9th—Energee Jazz

July 16th—Acoustic Expression

July 23rd—Lori Bass Trio

July 30th—Zela Zola

August 6th—Monkeys Typing

August 13—Ivory Voices

August 20th—Lester Hirsh

August 27th—Panigma Steel Drum Band

September 3rd—Mike Kinney & Friends

The Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series was started in 2006 to offer residents, visitors and downtown workers an opportunity to enjoy local music during the Friday lunch period. Citizens are encouraged to bring a lunch to the concerts – to promote local businesses, Series organizers have printed the concert schedule on 3,000 brown bags that have been distributed to downtown sandwich shops and eateries.

Sponsors of the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series include the City of Binghamton, Broome County, Coughlin & Gerhart LLP, the Binghamton Farmers’ Market Committee and the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information about this year’s Brown Bag Concert Series, please visit the City website’s Events page or call the Binghamton Economic Development Office at (607) 772-7161.


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