What exactly is there to discover on Amherst Street? Now that’s a loaded question. First off, there are scads of new businesses, ranging from art galleries, to restaurants, to ethnic boutiques. Then there’s the quaint, laid back, old worldliness that goes hand-in-hand with Amherst Street, giving it a distinct charm and appeal. It’s an urban oasis where life slows down and people take the time to appreciate the daily goings on.
With community activists on every block, Wegmans, and Sportsmens Tavern, what could possibly be better than an impromptu visit to the street?
How about a parade and festival? With a pie baking contest? And live music with six stages. Tai chi demonstrations, Henna tattoos, a flash mob, belly dancing and kids activities. My, how this festival has grown over the years. From a parade with a couple of cars and neighbors cheering them on, to a day-long celebration hosted by the business community and the Grant-Ahmerst Business Association, if there was ever an inspiration story about how to get a commercial district back on its feet, this would have to be it.
Discover Amherst Street 17 / Saturday June 21th, 2014