MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Occupy Main Street founders Sarah O'Grady and Maria Colaco are rolling out another program in their effort to reinvigorate Mount Kisco's business district: Kisco Summer Sundays.
The event will feature family-friendly music from local bands on the lawn behind the Village Hall, where people would be invited to set out picnics and enjoy the sunshine. There will also be children's crafts and retail specials at local businesses.
"If we do events like this and people feel like it’s a great place to come to spend a Sunday, they'll think of us first to come and do their shopping and spend their money and visit some of the stores,” said O'Grady.
"We’re hoping to keep this on a rotating summer basis,” she said. Ideally, the event will be held once a month for three months, O'Grady said.
The Village Board of Trustees, at its meeting Monday night, approved the first of these Sunday events for July 15.
“Our costs are very low, and we’re really trying to think of this as a very grassroots kind of project,” Colaco said. O’Grady and Colaco said they would ask the town to help only with cleanup and safety.
The event should create buzz and excitement around Mount Kisco as a commercial destination, O’Grady said. The event will pick up steam and become a staple on the Mount Kisco calendar, O'Grady and Colaco predicted.
“I think it’s very exciting," said Trustee Jean Farber. "It's going to be a tremendous destination. I think Sunday's a really smart way of doing this, in summer when it’s light out and people can walk all over town."
The event is “an opportunity for the merchants to expand their business,” Farber said.
Mayor Michael Cindrich said the town would put a link to the event website on the town’s website and would advertise it on Mount Kisco's cable channel.