Last Saturday, the Williamson Farmers Market opened its doors for the first time this season, and will now be setting up every Saturday on the corner of Second Avenue and Vinson Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Our first market was very warmly received,” said market manager Helen Stanley. “We had 240 customers come through for our opening day, where we had fresh produce, jams, jellies, plants, as well as craft vendors.”
This Saturday, the Williamson Farmers Market will be collaborating with the Kalila Dancers, based at the UPIKE Dance Studio in Pikeville for World Belly Dance Day.
The director of the group, Darla French, said belly dancers across North America and beyond are gearing up to make belly dance history once again, all for a great cause. She said that “shimmy mobs” will be appearing at various locations from coast to coast to promote World Belly Dance Day.
Shimmy Mob first broke a record last year and is now aiming to break it again in 2014 by being the largest event of its kind, covering a huge geographical territory in one day.
“To see a local shimmy mob, please come to Williamson Farmers Market on Saturday, May 10, to cheer on the dancers. We will be shimmy mobbing at 11 a.m. to raise funds for Judi’s Place for Kids, in Pikeville,” French said.
French said three main goals of Shimmy Mob set it apart from regular flash mobs.
“They promote belly dance as an art form and a healthy way to exercise for women, they raise funds for local women’s and children’s shelters in participating communities; and finally, they acknowledge and promote participating sponsors like Williamson Farmers Market,” she said. “Of course, we also aim to entertain. Shimmy Mob represents all styles of belly dance, and audiences will be treated to a short show full of fun and variety.”
“We are really looking forward to, not only the belly dancers this Saturday, but also, hopefully, a forum for Mingo County candidates, where they will have the opportunity to do last-minute campaigning alongside the regular farmers market,” Stanley said.
“We hope everyone will come out and support our market and these exciting events. This will be a chance to see some talented young ladies and buy fresh produce,” she added.
For more information on Shimmy Mobs, visit www.shimmymob.com and for more information on local belly dance classes, including technique for beginners and Belly Core exercise classes, visit www.ranakalila.com.
Call Maria at 304-235-3400 for information regarding Farmers Markets and Farmers Market events.