April 2018 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Photography \/\/ Ryan Woodall Photography Spring activities about town are heavy on our minds, and the 33rd Annual Brick Street Market is right around the corner. Coming to the historic brick Main Street in downtown Zionsville on Saturday, May 12, the Brick Street Market, presented by the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, will host a variety of artists and vendors. The Chamber announced its new date, the Saturday before Mother\u2019s Day. Traditionally, the market opened the weekend after Mother\u2019s Day, the same weekend as the kickoff of the Zionsville Farmers\u2019 Market. This year, market-goers can expect a few changes to the layout of the market but can expect the same high-quality, juried vendors that have participated in past years. \u201cThis year, Main Street won\u2019t be closed until well after midnight, so that the street and parking will be open on Friday,\u201d said Tom Casalini, Brick Street Market event chair. \u201cThe vendors will be bringing in their own tents and will begin setup at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. The market opens at 10 a.m. and will close at 5:30 p.m. We will have Main Street open by 6:30 p.m. at the latest.\u201d Casalini said that the Chamber anticipates approximately 100 vendors, and the market will offer food trucks and dedicated areas for children\u2019s activities. \u201cWe\u2019ve got four blocks that we turn into Americana for a day, and for those who live in the community with children, it\u2019s a fun family event. The market is an opportunity to show off the Village. There is none other like it.\u201d The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce\u2019s Executive Director Tracy Phillips explained the big change to this year\u2019s market layout. Traditionally, the vendors\u2019 tents were positioned, so the openings were facing the sidewalks. This year, with the Fire Marshal\u2019s approval, the vendors will be repositioned to face each other, providing more space for pedestrian traffic along the sidewalks and easier access to the vendors along Main Street. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be visually interesting,\u201d Phillips said. \u201cThe artists are going to be happy, and the merchants are going to be happy. It\u2019s going to be more interesting and attractive. The new layout also allows for more entertainment to be intermixed within all of Main Street.\u201d Phillips encouraged market-goers to visit the Chamber\u2019s website for a list of attending vendors if they were looking for any of their personal favorites from previous years. \u201cThere is a list of who\u2019s registered as a vendor under the \u2018Events & News\u2019 tab,\u201d Phillips explained. \u201cOnce on that page, click on \u2018Artists Registration Here\u2019 and scroll down to see the list of attending vendors. There are so many talented artists, and our jury tries very hard to select the best of each genre while creating a variety. I think we\u2019ve done a really good job in doing that.\u201d Phillips emphasized that the new date for the market will prove to be more advantageous for both market-goers as well as the vendors. \u201cThis year, the board made a wise decision,\u201d she said. \u201cThe Brick Street Market open the same weekend as not only the Zionsville Farmers\u2019 Market but also the Broad Ripple Art Fair. we are making a direct effort to raise the quality of the attending artist even more, and now we won\u2019t be conflicting with Broad Ripple, so that the vendors will be able to attend both fairs if they are accepted.\u201d Phillips recalled attending the market with her mother and daughter when Phillips first moved to Zionsville in 2006. \u201cThe Brick Street Market will be held on the Saturday before Mother\u2019s Day, and we are encouraging mothers and daughters to come to the event together, have a pre-Mother\u2019s Day lunch on Main Street and make a weekend out of the holiday. The Brick Street Market is a perfect event to take your mother to and do some shopping for Mother\u2019s Day.\u201d For more information on the Brick Street Market and the vendors, visit zionsvillechamber.org.