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Animas City Night Bazaar takes gathering, art to the streets of North Main

Animas City Night Bazaar takes gathering, art to the streets of North Main

Like the rest of the world, the Animas City Night Bazaar’s all-volunteer board had big plans for summer 2020. After much consideration of public health and safety, observing fellow local events and organizations, and brainstorming how to keep the fun alive, the ACNB is proud to present an interesting twist on a timeless Italian tradition: the Passeggiatta. 

On the last Wednesday of the month from 5-8 p.m., beginning in June and ending September 30, the Great Animas City Passeggiata welcomes amblers to don their finest (or silliest) attire and join the neighbors for a stroll around the streets of North Main. From roving musical performances to prevent crowds to local business specials offered at participating North Main bars and restaurants, folks will find joy in being outside, physically-distant from others but sharing in the same experience. 

The ACNB team will also release clues for a family-friendly scavenger hunt via social media to accompany a map of the Passeggiata boundaries marked by painted rocks stacked in cairns around Animas City. At these locations, seekers will find gift cards and cool prizes crafted by local artisans, purchased by the ACNB to support the artisan economy. 

Throughout the summer, the ACNB is also organizing a beautification project replete with flowers and pop-up art at the space around the Durango Smoke Shop (2876 Main Ave), the ACNB’s planned location for the 2020 season. 

“We believe our mission to build community, support local artisans, and activate underutilized spaces in Animas City can – and should – still happen this summer,” says Trevor Lytle, ACNB board president. “Even if we’re six feet apart, we can still be together!” 

The ACNB is made possible by community supporters, like Grassburger, Zia Taqueria, Ska Brewing, Homeslice Pizza, the Business Improvement District, Bird’s, Alpenglow Properties, Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, and a gracious host of benefactors. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit animascitynightbazaar.com or send an email to animascitynightbazaar@gmail.com

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