Third Friday summer arts festival back in York City this week

Sean Philip Cotter

The Third Friday Bloom Art & Craft Market sprouted a few years ago, grew into an outdoor festival last summer and this year continues to branch out.

"My dream is this would fill blocks and blocks in our city," said Cherie Mansberger, who organizes the summer event.

Bloom Art & Craft Market

The market comes back this week and will be held each of the next few third Fridays of the month: May 20, June 17 and July 15.

It's grown, now spanning the blocks of West Philadelphia Street between North George and North Newberry streets, with vendors and artists lining the sidewalk from 5 to 9 p.m. on those days. The event doesn't close down the road — the 20-plus vendors will keep to the sides, and some of the shops will have various events going on inside.

Mansberger said one of the goals of this is to help smaller-scale creative types get their work in front of people.

"It's targeted toward the smaller artists, to a craftsperson who might not have a brick-and-mortar shop," she said.

People will be hawking pottery, drawings, jewelry, clothing and more, including, for example, custom-made dog beds, she said.

"It's a nice, eclectic group of people," said Mansberger, who owns Cherie Anne Designs at 48 W. Philadelphia St.

She said she wasn't sure how many people came out to the market last year, but she guesses it was around 600 on days when the weather cooperated. As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service predicted Friday to have a high of 73 but a 40 percent chance of rain at night.

Mansberger said she saw an opportunity for this event because of the success of the monthly First Friday activities organized by Downtown Inc around the middle of town, where shops, restaurants and galleries stay open later and often have specials or events. People come downtown for that, so people must be looking for something to do many Friday nights, especially during the warmer months.

"What else is there besides First Friday?" she said.

— Reach Sean Cotter or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.