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July 22: Really Really Free Market #4 at the Congo Square Market in partnership with Significant Elements

Share Tompkins’ fourth Really Really Free Market is part of the Congo Square Market! Food, books, electronics, clothes – EVERYTHING in the RRFM area is free. Bring what you can, take what you need. The more we can provide for one another locally, the closer we are to sustainability!

Friday, July 22, 5-8pm
Southside Community Center
305 S. Plain St, Ithaca, NY

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Photo from last year’s Congo Square Market RRFM

– Please bring items that are in good condition, no junk.
– Please plan on taking back home with you any stuff you bring that is not picked up by others.

This event is hosted and co-presented by Southside Community Center. Our partner is Significant Elements, who are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a Mega Free Friday on the 22nd and additional events (see below). Stop by their store at 212 Center Street before 5pm for even more free stuff!

The Congo Square Market takes place 4-8pm every Friday through September 2 and features live local music & dancing, visiting with friends and vendors selling food, instruments & more. Vendor fees and fruit and vegetable stand proceeds support Southside and the Congo Square Market.

Named for the famous Congo Square in New Orleans, the market honors African-American history. In the early days of US slavery, recently enslaved African peoples and others could gather in Congo Square for music, dance, and stories. The Ithaca Congo Square Market is a project of Southside Community Center, Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Paul Scheurs Memorial Program, and Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Whole Community Project.

Historic Ithaca launched the Significant Elements architectural salvage program in 1991 as a seasonal, all-volunteer program to keep reusable house parts and building materials out of the landfill. Today, Significant Elements is a year-round, staffed program with over 7,000 customers annually. It has grown into a community resource for materials, product and contractor recommendations, hands-on training, and professional expertise.

The 20th Anniversary Fair will celebrate reuse and the traditional building trades with two days of events at our headquarters, 212 Center Street in Ithaca’s historic Southside neighborhood:

Friday, July 22
– walking tour of the Southside and Titus Flats neighborhoods
– storewide sale
– SUPER Free Friday

Saturday, July 23
– traditional building and craft demonstrations
– “Ask the Old House Experts” Panel
– walking tours of the Southside and Titus Flats neighborhoods
– raffle
– children’s activities
– storewide sale
– junk art contest
– bake sale and refreshments
– old-timey games
– unveiling of our new Plain Street Mural

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