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Friday, June 9, 2017

Beloved Fort Thomas Summer Event Series to Return Friday June 16- Art Around Towne

Next Friday June 16 the beloved summer series “Art Around Towne” will kick-off for the 2017 season.  Now back for its third year, the Art Around Town is an opportunity to gather in the Central Business District and see the works of local artists and artisans while enjoying “food trucks, live music, kids activities, craft beer, and local business promotions,” per the event’s Facebook page.  The event will take place beginning June 16 and will occur every third Friday of the months of June, July, and August, from 6-9 pm in the Central Business District.

Barb Thomas, owner of Fort Thomas Central, was one of the founders of Art Around Towne back in 2015.  Thomas promises that this year, though, will be special because Fort Thomas is celebrating its 150-year birthday.  Says Thomas, “several businesses and vendors are joining in on the celebration by offering promotions and gift items leading into the week-long (sesquicentennial) celebration in July.”

For example, Schone Kitchen Design will be giving away two tickets to the Fort Thomas Sesquicentennial Farm to Fort Dinner, valued at $300.  To enter, attendees at the June 16 Art Around Towne should visit Schone Kitchen Design’s showroom and enter the drawing.  Additionally, Fort Thomas Central is offering limited edition prints and gift items created by local artist Lucie Rice.  These prints celebrate the 150 years of Fort Thomas and are available exclusively at Fort Thomas Central through the end of July. Everyone will be able to register to win a Limited Edition Fort Thomas 150th Illustration by Lucie Rice.  Stop by Fort Thomas Central during Art Around Towne to register.
Visit Schone Kitchen Design’s showroom and enter the drawing
While the main feature of this event is the art and the vendors that come each year and to each event are ever-changing, one of the other returning features are the food trucks. On June 16, there will be nine food trucks including Packhouse, Pretzelfuls, Bellos Bike Pops, and Cheese & Chong, to name a few.   In addition, the West Sixth Beer truck will be serving multiple beer options and live music will be provided at the Lawn at Fort Thomas Central.  Thomas expects between 20 and 25 local artist, artisans, and vendors to attend.  Additionally, most of the businesses in the Central Business District will have extended hours and offer a special promotion and/or lite refreshment. Also Logan Sparks will be playing live acoustics on the front porch on The Lawn @ Fort Thomas Central, from 6-9pm.

Tracy Davis, owner of Tracy Davis State Farm and member of the Renaissance Board of Fort Thomas, has been an advocate and excited participant in this event for the previous two years.  Davis says, “As a fellow business owner and a resident of Fort Thomas,   I appreciate being part of this – Barb rocks it and the City does whatever they can to support it and allow it to grow.  We have an incredible city.

Be sure to check out Art Around Towne in the Central Business District the third Friday of June, July, and August from 6-9 pm.  To stay up-to-date on the food lineup, vendors, and any other news surrounding these events, check out the Facebook page at the link.  Comment on our Facebook page and share your favorite Art Around Towne story from the previous two years or what you look forward to most this year!

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