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7/4/2013 3:00:00 PM
Keep the 4th of July celebration going at Vevay's 'First Friday'
The artwork created by Switzerland County’s Martha Bladen will be on display at the Switzerland County Visitors Center beginning tomorrow (Friday) night for the community’s monthly “First Friday” event. Her ‘postage stamp quilt’ art will be featured during the event, and visitors can check out the showing from 6-9 p.m. The work will remain in display during the month of July. Photo provided.
The artwork created by Switzerland County’s Martha Bladen will be on display at the Switzerland County Visitors Center beginning tomorrow (Friday) night for the community’s monthly “First Friday” event. Her ‘postage stamp quilt’ art will be featured during the event, and visitors can check out the showing from 6-9 p.m. The work will remain in display during the month of July. Photo provided.

The 4th of July is today (Thursday), but Vevay Main Street will continue the celebration of our nation's independence with patriotic enthusiasm with the "Red, White & Blues' tomorrow (Friday, July 5th) during the monthly 'First Friday' event.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and there are activities for people of all ages.

In the spirit of celebrating the 2013 Vevay-Switzerland County's Bicentennial, Vevay Main Street selected 'First Friday' themes to commemorate events from Vevay's past and the county's Swiss heritage. According to an article written by Julia Knox for the 'Indiana Magazine of History' in 1915, the Vevay Fourth of July celebrations were well attended.

"The Swiss all met in a certain grove. The Declaration of Independence was read; a Fourth of July oration was delivered by one of the leading men and then followed a barbecue and dancing which continued until sunset."

Enjoy, or even dance to, live music with some of the best musicians in the area: Greg Griffin and Friends (bluegrass) will be on the north side of Main Street (near Swincher Law); Dan Barton (acoustic blues) will be on Ferry Street (near MainSource Bank); and Jamie Royce and Claude Reece aka 'R&R' (classic rock) will be on Ferry Street (between the American Legion and the Community Art Center).

"First Friday's" casual atmosphere encourages mingling with participants and wandering the town. Carriage rides are complimentary and can be boarded in front of the courthouse.

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The Switzerland County Visitors Center welcomes the artful reuse creations of Switzerland County resident Martha Bladen during Vevay Main Street's "Red, White and Blues" First Friday. The opening will take place tomorrow (Friday), from 6-9 p.m.

Martha Bladen's "All American" look is evident in her "postage stamp quilt" art, honoring a patriot theme with her red, white and blue color scheme. A finished design may be composed of hundreds of canceled stamps as the "fabric," while small designs are used for notecards.

Quilt motifs are often utilized in Martha Bladen's repurposing of items that are usually discarded, such as a bold quilt design composed from colorful cardboard beer cartons.

For those thinking that quilts must have fabric, a sampling of that will be shown too.

Martha's work will be on display inside the Switzerland County Visitors Center throughout the month of July. The Visitors Center is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.

Youth attending 'First Friday' are invited to have their face painted during the July 5th opening, making their selection from samples incorporating red, white, and blue colors.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Since 2006, Vevay Main Street has hosted a monthly First Friday event. First Friday features local art, free carriage rides, live entertainment and the company of others. Many of Vevay's downtown merchants have extended hours. Take advantage of store specials (often one night only).

For more information on First Friday activities or participation (local charities only), contact Vevay Main Street at 427-9406; or email vevaymainstreet@gmail.com. Vevay Main Street is also on Facebook.





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