Cowdome to host pop-up market

Arkville — The Arkville Cowdome is mooving into the holiday shopping business. On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Cowdome will be the site of a pop-up market.

Arkville residents Joe Moskowitz, and his wife, Pauline Liu, now own the former Crosby Farm Equipment building. The building’s past is one of the reasons why they decided to call it the Cowdome when they purchased it in 2006. Even back then people suggested that it would be a good location for a farmers’ market, but with the nearby “Round Barn” and the amount of work that the building needed, that idea was put out to pasture.

Then the auction moved in and that was the end of that idea. But a couple of weeks ago, a Facebook post about a pop-up market in Stamford brought the idea to the front burner. And Joe says an e-mail from MARK Project Director Peg Ellsworth about the “Occupy Main Street” shop local campaign convinced him it was time to go whole hog, or let’s say whole cow.
With just a few days to work, vendors are already lining up. Local maple. Local art. Local wreaths. Local baked goods. Local candy. Local music. And since this is the Cowdome: Local dairy products, and more. It is a large facility and even though it is late, Joe says if you want to become a vendor, they can find space. The e-mail address is caseyjoes@ or the Arkville Cowdome on Facebook.

While the immediate focus is on Saturday’s event, Joe says it will also show off the Cowdome as a venue for banquets, dances, concerts and other events. And, he says response to the pop up has been so positive that he and Pauline plan to do this at least twice a month through the winter and early spring months.