Deron Bell and his band performed during the Artisan Stroll at YOLO Park.

Artisans, music and more in downtown

Downtown Greenville comes alive at Jordan Agency Artisan Stroll

Music, food and, of course, great artwork was the focus of the Jordan Agency Artisan Stroll during Main Street Greenville’s First Friday on Aug. 6. Over 35 vendors line South Broadway with everything from crafts to paintings to chainsaw sculptures and everything in between.

A highlight of the evening was the celebration of Zechar Bailey’s 80th anniversary at YOLO Park in downtown Greenville. The local funeral home celebrated with the community by providing free ice cream with the help of Gospel Baptist Church and free cookies from Beanz Buttercream Bakery. They also hosted a band that has truly been adopted by Darke County residents. Deron Bell and his band had people on their feet dancing to some great music.

While YOLO Park was rocking, the rest of South Broadway was jamming with more great music from Mora & the Boys, Mike Wells, Carter Qualls, Tim Baker and Abby E.

The artwork and crafts were incredible and $1,000 was given out in prize money thanks to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Dayle Lewis, the chainsaw artist, earned Best of Show for his buffalo sculpture. He also won the sculpture division. Kat McNew and Karen Taylor tied for first place in the crafts division. Barbie Hansbarger earned first in Miscellaneous. Stefanie Schieltz-Lowder earned the top prize in ceramics and Mikhal Gulley won for graphic design. Kay Kress took first in drawing and Jennifer Overholser won in painting.  This year’s theme was Celebration.

Other highlights of the event were the many sales at local downtown businesses. Touch of Glass also thrilled with a special piece where visitors could have their picture taken with the stained glass butterfly wings. She encouraged persons getting their picture to post it on social media and use #magicmonarch.

The next First Friday will be held Sept. 3 and will be Popcorn & Prohibition.

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