TODAY is the day for the first in a series of seasonal one-day festivals on Ashe Street.
The first Winter event will celebrate the season that is upon us with street entertainment, discounts and special offers across a range of shops and eateries on the street.
Traders have come together to represent the Ashe Street Quarter which also includes nearby pedestrian laneways and market place environs in the heart of Tralee.
Ashe Street is now home to a great number of independently-owned small businesses offering shopping, dining, entertaining and professional services experiences to the town of Tralee.
The Craft Makers Centre has an opportunity to have jewellery by Alison Walsh and screen prints by Edel Wilson commissioned for Christmas in their centre on the corner of Ashe Street.
Dress Designer Karyn Moriarty and artist Roisín McGuigan will be offering free studio tours. A Medieval Make & Do will take place on the street with live entertainment from buskers and street artists.
On the food front, Mozart’s are hosting an outdoor barbeque with seafood sliders and venison burgers, while newly established Italian Food Emporium, Italianissimo, will be serving up Sicilian Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches.
At 1.30pm on the day, a Live Model Fashion Show on the windows of Ryles Menswear, Shindig, Regatta Great Outdoors & Sean Hussey Menswear promises to be the highlight of the day and great fun as you watch the live ‘mannequins’ move to the musical sounds of a Ukulele Band.
Watch out for mime artists, candle makers and card trick entertainers while street artists will be at work on art pieces across the street throughout the day. At 2pm a Dog Show has been organised by The Pet Obsession with all monies raised going to Animal Help Net.
The entertainment goes on into the night with Jazz & Gin at The Ashe Hotel from 4.3opm while a poetry evening at Chopin’s Cafe from 6pm offers a reading by poet Noel King and guest writers accompanied by gorgeous wine and tapas.
At 8pm Il Forno are hosting a Comedy Evening with Joe Rooney at 8pm. Visitors can end the night with a Craft Cocktail at Roundy’s Bar.
The traders involved are: The Barber, Regatta Great Outdoors, Ryle Menswear, Shindig, Weardrobe, Sean Hussey’s Menswear, Lana Asian Street , The Pet Obsession, Lloyds Pharmacy, Healthcare@Home, Amaretto Tea & Coffee, NCBI, St. John’s Dental, Craft Makers, Tralee Credit Union, Ulster Bank and John Brassil TD Constituency Office.
Check out the Ashe Street Quarter Facebook page here for more.