‘First Friday’ invites everyone to explore their ‘creative’ side

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Tomorrow (Friday) evening, Vevay Main Street again invites everyone downtown for the monthly “First Friday” celebration.

And tap into your ‘creative’ side before you come.

“Chalk the Walk’, is this month’s theme, and is returning for a second year to showcase the community’s artistic talent at “ground level”.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

The sidewalks of Vevay will come alive as participants create colorful masterpieces. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Original Art, Copy a Master, and Bicentennial. Join the fun and express your creative self.

This month’s sidewalk entertainment includes: ‘Rhythm and Groove’ (acoustic blues) on the north side of Main Street (near Creative Images); Jamonn Zeiler (acoustic soft rock) on Ferry Street (near Los Compadres); and Jimmy Davis (delta blues/country) on Ferry Street (between the American Legion and Community Art Center).

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Switzerland County Tourism is inviting the public attending the ‘First Friday’ event to “Doodle our Walls”.

Have you ever wanted to go crazy with a fat marker? Here’s your chance! The Visitor Center invites both the young and the young-at-heart to explore their “inner doodler.” Help the Center jazz up its walls with your artistic creations.

Youth artists will work on tables and adults are invited to create directly on designated wall space. All masterpieces will be left on display inside the Visitors Center throughout the month of June.

Drawings will be monitored and inappropriate renderings will not be tolerated.

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What’s ‘First Friday’ without good food?

The Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial committee has announced that it will be holding a ‘Macaroni and Potato Salad’ contest that night.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Community Art Center located at the corner of Main and Ferry Streets in Vevay. There is no fee to enter and the public is invited to participate.

Men and women are asked to put up their best pasta to the scrutiny of the judge and community’s palate. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: ‘Best Potato Salad’; ‘Best Macaroni Salad’; ‘Crowd Favorite Potato Salad’; and ‘Crowd Favorite Macaroni Salad’.

Entries must be kept cool until the time of the contest judging.

Bicentennial Belles and Brothers are encouraged to participate, with Belles urged to wear an apron for extra credit in the form of a pin for their Bicentennial badges.

June 7th’s event will also be an official beard measuring check for those men who are participating in the Brotherhood of the Bush. Shaving passes will be available for purchase to remain facial hair free throughout the summer.

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At the Community Art Center at the corner of Main and Ferry streets, everyone is invited to stop by and view the scale model of the “Miss Belterra” riverboat that is now on display.

Larry Pence of near Patriot brought the fine art of craftsmanship to his ‘labor of love’, and this marks the first time that the riverboat has been on public display.

The exhibit is flanked by oil paintings of other river craft of a by-gone era painted by artist Mike Danner; and include the ‘Martha A. Graham’; ‘The Delta Queen’; and ‘The Switzerland’ along with river barges and scenes of the Ohio.

Both Larry Pence and Mike Danner will be on hand to greet everyone at the exhibit.

Also tomorrow (Friday) night, everyone is invited to stop by the Community Art Center and meet certified yoga instructor Caren Griffith, who is signing up students at a variety of experience levels for upcoming classes. She will also be answering questions about yoga, stressing fitness and relaxation.

New at the Community Art Center and opening tomorrow (Friday) night are guitar classes that will be taught by Hilary Lanman.

A student of music and Huntington University, Hilary Lanman will be offering acoustic guitar lessons to beginners at the gallery at different times during the week. She will be on hand at ‘First Friday’ to answer questions and sign up new students.

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The Switzerland County Historical museums will be open tomorrow night from 6-9 p.m. for an evening of fun mingled with our unique local history.

The Sidewinders 4-H Club has a festive evening planned that includes: balloons, a Bouncy-House, cookies and an opportunity for artistic visitors to create sidewalk art. Explore the museums while on a scavenger hunt and add to your growing knowledge of Switzerland County. Admission is free.

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As always, there will be complimentary carriage rides around town during the event. Those wishing to take a carriage ride should board in front of the courthouse.

For more information regarding First Friday activities or participation, contact Vevay Main Street at 427-9406, or via email vevaymainstreet@gmail.com.