Down­town Art Walk set for May

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Edi­tor

Down­town Cedar­town will be full of cul­ture next month for Mother’s Day week­end, and lo­cal res­i­dents are in­vited to come take part in a day that will in­clude items for sale from area artists, live mu­sic, sweets and much more on Main Street.

Big plans are be­ing put to­gether by a group in­clud­ing Craftsy House owner Mer­rari Mo­rales, and Shay Bent­ley-Grif­fin, who has been a long­time pa­tron of the arts and also works within the film in­dus­try in var­i­ous ways.

They brought an out­line of their plans for a Satur­day, May 12 day of fun that started out as a cel­e­bra­tion for mothers and daugh­ters, but then ex­panded as or­ga­niz­ers re­al­ized they could do much more with the event.

Mo­rales said that now or­ga­niz­ers want to host not only a Mother’s Day tea along Main Street dur­ing a Down­town Art Walk in Cedar­town, but also host live mu­sic and artists along the street sell­ing their work, as well as a Farmer’s Mar­ket on Ware Street and in the park­ing area around Ideal Bak­ery.

Show­cas­ing that tal­ent is one of Mo­rales’ main goals with the art walk, and to en­sure that artists are en­ticed to come they’re only ask­ing for a $10 fee for reg­is­tra­tion to take part and sell work on Main Street.

Bent­ley- Grif­fin added dur­ing com­ments to the Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion re­quest­ing per­mis­sion to hold the event and block side streets off of Main Street dur­ing the event on May 12 that her vi­sion is that this could be a first step to­ward a to­tal re­nais­sance in down­town.

“We’re pas­sion­ate about Main Street Cedar­town and have a chance to come back and maybe do some­thing bet­ter,” she said.

To show off that pas­sion and also ap­pre­ci­a­tion for mothers, they’ll still be hold­ing the Mother’s Day Tea Party as part of the Down­town Art Walk’s day of events. A sug­gested $15 do­na­tion per par­tici- pant is be­ing sought, with funds go­ing to the Cedar­town-Polk County Hu­mane So­ci­ety af­ter costs are cov­ered. Tea and sweets will be served with the help of lo­cal Boy and Girl Scout groups dur­ing the party, with a vi­o­lin­ist along to en­ter­tain the tea-time event as well.

The full-day event is also seek­ing out lo­cal farm­ers to sell pro­duce as well through­out the day, which is slated to start at 11 a.m. and con­tinue on­ward through 3 p.m. Plan­ners also want to in­volve lo­cal restau­rants to pro­vide food sales for par­tic­i­pants as well, and those in­ter­ested in set­ting up a ta­ble can con­tact Mo­rales at 561-568-1153. Artists and pho­tog­ra­phers can also con­tact her for reg­is­ter­ing to take part dur­ing the art walk as well.

Or­ga­niz­ers have planned to cap off the day’s event with a per­for­mance at the Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter by the Car­roll­ton Sym­phony Orchestra at 3 p.m., with a $ 10 do­na­tion re­quested from each pa­tron for en­joy­ing the con­cert.

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