Thursday, March 03, 2011

RAM Re-Opens This Weekend

The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is having its Grand Reopening this Saturday March 5, 2011. The season kicks off with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand new, two hundred foot RAM boat dock. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:15 AM. Jacksonville’s own Mayor John Peyton will arrive via water taxi to cut the ceremonial ribbon (swanky).

Boaters are encouraged to arrive with decorated boats, banners and signs at the dock by 10:15 to participate in the festivities. Stanton College Preparatory School’s highly talented drum line will entertain the crowd on the Riverwalk throughout event.

Located beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge in Riverside RAM features hundreds of artists, musical entertainers, street performers and fresh produce and food vendors. RAM  will remain open from 10:00AM to 4:00PM every Saturday until the close of the 2011 season.

“Although this is only our third year in operation the Riverside Arts Market has quickly become a Jacksonville, as well as a regional, favorite. The support of the community for RAM shows how much our community cares about the culture of our amazing city,” said Executive Director of RAM Teri Coutu, “the new boat dock is just one more example of RAM’s impressive growth and how it is evolving into a vital hub in our city.”

This 2011 season of RAM will showcase new and returning artists, musicians, street performers and vendors. RAM’s River Stage will feature local and regional entertainers throughout market hours. RAM’s 2011 season includes special “theme days” such as Riverkeeper Day, Bike Day, and Yoga Day. In addition, several special events are planned including the return of Toyota’s Farm to Table Tour, and Oktoberfest. RAM is currently accepting applications for volunteers, sponsoring partners and vendors. For more information about RAM, applications or upcoming events please visit the website at

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