Lo­cal com­mit­tee gives Elk­ton benches a facelift

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

ELK­TON

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— As vis­i­tors walk past the down­town Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance of­fice, they may no­tice two newly re­painted benches out front.

The Cham­ber and Al­liance’s de­sign com­mit­tee, headed by Margie Bly­stone, and co-chaired by her daugh­ter, Sarah, gave the benches a need facelift while also pro­vid­ing a bit of public art.

Margie said she painted birds sit- ting on a branch on both benches about six years ago, but they were worn down by the weather over time.

This time, the mother-daugh­ter duo painted each bench with the theme of arts and en­ter­tain­ment. The bench near­est to the en­trance of the Cham­ber and Al­liance now fea­tures a col­lage of multi-col­ored pen­cils on it. It was fin­ished on Fri­day.

“Be­cause we’re a ded­i­cated arts and en­ter­tain­ment district, I want- ed to do some­thing that kind of said ‘We are art,’” Margie said.

Sarah has be­gun paint­ing the sec­ond bench, but plans to add mu­sic notes to its de­sign. She said she chose mu­sic notes be­cause of the Mu­sic on Main free con­cert se­ries held dur­ing the sum­mer.

“We usu­ally have Mu­sic on Main in the sum­mer and I kind of wanted to show off that as­pect,” she said.

Margie said the goal is to fin­ish the sec­ond bench by next Thurs­day, de­pend­ing on weather.

Sarah said her mother was ini­tially sup­posed to paint both benches, but Sarah helped with the prepa­ra­tion and asked if she could tackle one her­self.

“If I can paint some­thing down­town and make it look nice, then I like to be a part of that,” Sarah said.

So far, the weather has been an ob­sta­cle for the project, Margie said. It ini­tially be­gan two weeks ago when they power washed the benches. Then they be­gan paint- ing last Tues­day af­ter primer was ap­plied.

There are two projects lined up for the sum­mer, which in­clude re­paint­ing the elk at the top of Main and Bridge streets to re­flect the Elk­ton Art Loop ban­ner. Margie said the elk will have “Elk­ton Art Loop” painted on the front side of the elk and painted an aqua color with “splashes of or­ange and yel­low.” The sec­ond project in­cludes re­paint­ing the Eder Park gazebo white.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Margie and Sarah Bly­stone sit on one the benches in down­town Elk­ton that they have re­painted as part of a lo­cal cham­ber project.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Sarah Bly­stone, co-chair­woman of the Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance’s de­sign com­mit­tee, will paint mu­sic notes on one bench out­side the Al­liance build­ing.

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