The Old Capitol Farmer’s Market has taken place in Downtown Springfield since 1999. Over its 23 seasons, the Market has seen immense success as it supports small farms and local growers while providing the public with access to fresh, healthy foods at reasonable prices.
This season BOS was happy to help bring back the Music at the Market concert series to the Old Capitol Farmer’s Market, a Downtown Springfield Inc. program. Throughout September and October local artists, contracted through the Springfield Area Arts Council, performed a variety of music styles on the corner of 4th
and Adams. Placed in the perfect spot for the whole Market to hear, patrons were able to enjoy the ambient tunes as they walked through the stands. Piero Taico, Assistant Director of Downtown Springfield Inc., said the live music “gave patrons an excuse to slow down, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere at the market”.
Our goal as a community bank is to show unwavering support for local events, businesses, and endeavors. Brenda Stroh, Chief Financial Officer at BOS, has built a relationship with Downtown Springfield Inc. over the last several years, and is a member of the board of directors. When approached with the opportunity to support the concert series, Brenda was excited to add a live music experience to the “diverse crowd and friendly atmosphere”. According to Piero, “Music at the Market was a crowd favorite before the pandemic and had been missing from our annual programs since 2019”. They had “several requests” from market goers to “consider bringing back the programming”. With the help from BOS and coordination efforts provided by the Springfield Area Arts Council, the program was revived for the 2022 season.
Sheila Walk, Executive Director of the Springfield Area Arts Council, emphasized the importance of providing performers for the Music at the Market concert series.