WPCNR MAIN STREET JOURNAL. From Carl Albanese. May 3, 2006: Mark Foley of “VOLUNTEERMUSIC” www.volunteermusic.org provided the one man band guitar and harmonica for the local entertainment at Mayor Joseph Delfino's official opening of the White Plains International Farmers Market today in the City Hall Plaza. Foley sang This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land, a Pete Segar national heritage song written by Woody Guthrie. Foley's music was very moving and fun for the children and mothers who stopped to listen at the market's opening.
Mark Foley, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Delfino in appreciation for his contribution to the success of the opening day of the 2006 International Farmers Market in White Plains. Mr. Foley is at right as Mayor Delfino, who took the occasion to thank all the volunteers who do so much to make the city what it is, presents the Certificate, while Sebastien Bensidoun of Bensidoun USA, the France-based firm that stages the market for the city looks on. Bensidoun promised more vendors in coming weeks, in addition to the 20 that were on hand to exhibit at today's opening. The Market is staged Wednesdays through spring, summer and fall from 8 AM to 4. Photo Courtesy, Carl Albanese.
The Mayor, thanked everyone for making it all happen. Rita Malmud was the only Common Council member in attendance as a spectator. The mayor acknowledged her and Commissioner Arne Abramowitz and Commissioner Bud Nicoletti and Rick Ammirato from the BID. The Mayor said 200,000 persons had come through the market last year, and said that if the market outgrew the plaza surrounding City Hall, the city would find a place for it. He also thanked Director of Economic Development Melissa Lopez for her work in organizing the market opening this year.