By: Kara Duffy
August 31, 2013
Frenchtown, FL- West Georgia Street in the Frenchtown community was overflowing Saturday with music, merchants and memories. It was all part of the 3rd Annual Frenchtown Heritage Festival.
Curtis Scott grew up in Frenchtown. He smiled as he said, "As a little boy, growing up in this neighborhood, I used to run up and down this street, getting into trouble."
"I worked through high school at the Economy Drug Store in Frenchtown," added Ann Riley.
Organizers say the festival is not only a great way for members of the community to bond, but it's also a chance to support local businesses and artists.
"What we're trying to do along with community redevelopment agencies, is help develop this area, bring back local businesses and show them, 'hey a lot of these properties have been rebuilt so people can come over and move over here again," said Travis Dudley, the chairperson of the Frenchtown Heritage Festival.
Ivory Council is the owner of Pure Ambiance Candles. This is her third year selling her product at the festival.
"I have customers that come up and say, 'Oh, I've been waiting all year to see you out here.' So it's really exciting. I love coming out here to the Frenchtown Heritage Festival," she said.
Folks say the festival, which is sponsored by The Most Worshipful Grand Union Lodge Foundation and the Mount Olive Lodge #5, gets them even more excited to see what the future holds for the Frenchtown community.
"I've grown up in Tallahassee so I've seen the changes and I like the direction that it's going in," said Markesha Carter.
"The first year that I came out, they were just kind of getting started into the improvements, then last year I noticed it was looking even better and then this year, I think it's the best year it's been; it's absolutely beautiful out here," Council added.
Frenchtown Heritage Festival Press Release
It's that time of the year again! Join us on August 31, 2013 for the third annual Frenchtown Heritage Festival. A day for family, food, fun, games, & more!
This year at The Frenchtown Heritage Festival, local organizations will work together as an initial activity to expose the local talent in the arts. Various vendors will be selling local products to aid in stimulating the local economy.
The festivities are proudly sponsored by The Most Worshipful Grand Union Lodge Foundation, INC. in cooperation with the MT. Olive Lodge #5 P.H.A.