Elk­ton pre­pares to ‘Chalk the Walks’ on Aug. 16

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to add a lit­tle bit of color to the down­town streets dur­ing the first Chalk the Walks event on Aug. 16.

Dur­ing the event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to use chalk to draw on side­walks on Main and North streets, said Margie Bly­stone, chair­woman of Elk­ton’s Arts & En­ter­tain­ment District.

Bly­stone said chalk will be avail­able for free at the Elk­ton Al­liance build­ing and at the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil build­ing, both lo­cated on

ELK­TON

Main Street in Elk­ton, while sup­plies last.

“They can do a pic­ture, pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tions, some­thing that brings a smile to your face when you’re walk­ing down the side­walk,” she added.

Bly­stone said the pur­pose of the event is to bring joy to the com­mu­nity and that said she first found out about the event on Face­book. The event was cre­ated by the Joy Team, lo­cated in Van­cou­ver, Wash., whose mis­sion is to spread joy, op­ti­mism and in­spi­ra­tion, ac­cord­ing to its web­site. The event be­gan in 2011, the web­site stated.

Bly­stone said she feels ex­cited about this new event be­cause the event will bring fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“Any­one who wants to write on the side­walk should come,” she said. “I would love to see fam­i­lies and make it just a fam­ily evening thing.”

Bly­stone said she hopes to see sev­eral fam­i­lies come to­gether and par­tic­i­pate, and hopes that even­tu­ally, it will be­come an an­nual event.

“I hope it brings a lot of fam­i­lies and chil­dren down­town,” said Mary Jo Jablon­ski, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance. “I hope while they are here do­ing some­thing fun, they’ll see the new busi­nesses.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARGIE BLY­STONE

Free colored chalk will be avail­able at the Elk­ton Al­liance build­ing and at the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil build­ing, both lo­cated on Main Street in Elk­ton, for the Chalk the Walks event.

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