LUDLOW, Vt. – The merchants of downtown Ludlow have been proactive in countering the potential negative effects of Walker Bridge construction on local businesses during June and July. Each weekend will have unique and fun themed events to celebrate the season and support our local merchants.
Eat Local Weekend on June 9 – 11: Local restaurants will be offering discounts and themed meals to complement the construction.
Graduation Weekend on June 16 -18: Black River High School’s commencement ceremony will take place in Presidential Hall on Saturday at 10 a.m., Black River alumni will be celebrated, and Father’s Day will be celebrated as well. The merchants have nothing explicitly planned for this weekend, but they’ll all be celebrating with the Class of 2017, alumni, and fathers.
Arts and Crafts Fair Festival on June 24 and 25: An art show and sidewalk sale.
Open invitation to any of you or your members to set up, show and sell your creations from Main Street Ludlow – for free! On Saturday, June 24 in beautiful downtown Ludlow is the Arts and Crafts Weekend.
Set up is 9-10 a.m. with the sale running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have off street parking close by. Event will be held rain or shine.
If you care to bring a tent- please limit it to a 10’x 10′ size. And if you would also like (or prefer) to sell on Sunday – that is open to you from noon to 4 p.m. As of now we have no limit as to how many vendors we can accept – Ludlow will be full of tourists! If you are familiar with Ludlow – it is the section of Main Street east of the traffic light starting in front of Hammond Hall and extending to the Walker Bridge at the intersection of Elm Street. (just east of the SHELL Station & the Pot Belly Pub).
1950’s Weekend on June 30 – July 2: On Saturday, 1950s cars will be welcomed on Main Street, the Black River Academy Museum will be hosting an Old-Fashioned Workshop, Big Eyes Bakery will host a pie-eating contest, and The Book Nook will host live storytelling: “The Rumpus on the Road.” On Sunday, the Rotary plans to serve hotdogs, and fireworks will begin at dusk.
This weekend also has several tentative plans, including a movie at the Town Hall and an Elvis impersonator on Friday, June 30. Restaurants may serve 1950s and Elvis themed specials, and an Elvis Scavenger Hunt will provide local fun for people of all ages.
Buy Local / Eat Local Festival on July 8 – 9: This is the final weekend affected by construction. The Buy Local-Eat Local Festival will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to Mr. Darcy’s on Route 103 in Ludlow. Satin & Steel will be performing from 12 – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Jamie Ward from 12 – 3 p.m. on Sunday. Satin & Steel will be sponsored by Mr. Darcy’s Bar & Grill and The Chophouse, and Jamie Ward by Vermont Rail System. This festival will be a celebration of local businesses, talented artists and craftspeople, exquisite food, live entertainment and the end of construction.
Support local businesses during construction!
Detour Route to access Ludlow merchants:
The bridge will be closed for a 35 day period between June 1 and August 31, 2017. Two weeks before and after the Bridge Closure Period, traffic will be maintained on the bridge with one-lane alternating traffic during the day time hours.
Local detour route:
From the south take a right onto High Street by the Ludlow Green. Turn left onto N. Depot Street, this will place you at the stoplight at the bottom of the hill where local merchants can be accessed by turning left or right.
Entering Ludlow from the north follow Pond Street and bare a slight left onto Main Street. Staying on Main Street will give access to businesses. Turning left at the traffic light onto N. Depot Street then right onto High Street is how to exit Ludlow.
Detour Route for large trucks:
During construction, a regional detour route will be signed using VT 103/VT 11/VT 100. The maximum length of the detour is 30 miles, which adds 18 miles to the current travel distance.
From the North: From VT 155 southbound traffic would take VT 100 toward Londonderry. Turn left onto VT 11 and continue toward Chester. Bear left onto VT 103 north. Traffic coming westward on VT 131 would turn left onto VT 103 and proceed southward to Chester. Turn right on VT 11 in Chester and turn right on VT 100 in Londonderry and travel northward towards Ludlow.
From the South: Northbound traffic on VT 103 would turn left on VT 11 and travel westward toward Londonderry. In Londonderry, turn right on VT 100 toward Ludlow.