HAMMONTON - Spring was in the air in downtown Hammonton as the monthly Third Thursday celebrations got underway. This month’s theme was “Garden Party”.

A new indoor marketplace called “The mART”, which should be opening in May, held a “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.”

Local artist April Schenk, one of the operators of The mARt, hopes it will become a place “for artists to come together.” She plans on it being a place for artists to sell their creations, musicians to play their music and people to enjoy a yoga session.

At Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, members of the Hammonton Community Garden gave a lecture in gardening. Also, guests had the opportunity to make their own garden markers from recycled materials.

“Garden Fresh” was on the menu at the Hammonton Arts Center. The center served refreshments whose ingredients came from the garden. Also, visitors were given the opportunity to paint their own flower pot.

Jennifer Bill and her daughter Angelina, 10, where two of the visitors to enjoy the flower pot decorating. “Angelina loves art, so when we heard about this we decided to come check it out,” said Bill.

Children at the Toy Market were given the chance to take turns reading “I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse. The event was held in conjunction with the Hammonton ECEC One Book program. Children also could make o make a free dandelion craft.

Some of the other events at this month’s Third Thursday included an acoustic street performance by Nicolas Castillo, a “Vendor Night” at Mia Couture and a chance to make your own succulent terrarium outside of the Noyes Museum.

This month’s Third Thursday coincided with Boutique Week — a weeklong event that ran from April 16-23. Stores that participated in the event had special sales and activities all week.

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