The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


What: RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market with live jazz music
When: Saturday September 10th from 10:30am-6:00pm
Where: Behind Thornes Marketplace
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The Northampton Arts Council invites you to the third annual RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market on Saturday, September 10. RETROFAIRE features a bounty of vintage fashion, unique reclaimed and re-purposed jewelry & design, as well as hard-to find music gear and vinyl records. Come check out collections from local and regional vendors selling the finest vintage fashions, the freshest records and unique reclaimed & re-purposed designs. Our vendors include Tiny AnvilVintage SteeleMystery Train RecordsBombshelly VintageSpin That! Records & more. Join us for a relaxed day in the late summer sun, peruse the market stalls, hear the sounds of jazz float through the air and kick back for a glass of wine and freshly shucked oysters.

RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market will be held in the space between Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage and will include a live jazz music stage, featuring saxophonist Houston Person with the Green Street Trio at 2:30pm and the Joe Velez Latin Jazz Quintet at 4:30pm. Tom Reney and Kari Njirii of NEPR 88.5 FM fame will be on hand to talk about the history of Jazz in the Valley at 3:30pm, DJ’s will be spinning vinyl, sidewalk chalk art and performances by Northampton’s renowned yo-yo champs. ConVino Wine Bar will have an outdoor wine cafe and oyster bar setup during the event.

Why not spend a day supporting art, buying art and wearing art, all while listening to great music and enjoying the savory smell of fine foods wafting in the background. Come to RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market and enjoy the search for quality items that will impress your friends of every generation.

All proceeds benefit the Northampton Arts Council’s BJ Goodwin Grant. A grant designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of artistic talents. For more info visit

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