Arts and Entertainment District to hold Mexican-themed celebration Saturday

Charlie Denison

The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association is hosting a big event Saturday, celebrating their one-year anniversary, a new venue and new opportunities for artists downtown.

 Taking place at the TV Appliance Building (also known as the Slater Block Building or Myrtle Theatre) on 409 W. Main Street, the event includes live music, unique Mexican cuisine and local artist displays.

“We want to draw attention to this building as a downtown performing arts center,” Arts and Entertainment District Secretary Jim Dullenty said. “We will also be raising funds for our parklet project.”

According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, a parklet is a “public seating platform that converts curbside parking spaces into vibrant community spaces.”

The Arts and Entertainment District has a number of exciting developments coming up, Dullenty said, as they have contracted the 14 benches along Main Street to be painted and sanded, are choosing planters and trash receptacles to enhance downtown and have put together an award program to recognize downtown businesses that keep their exteriors clean. Most of these developments are part of Project Clean Sweep, a program they adopted.

 In order to keep their momentum going, however, the Arts and Entertainment District needs help from their members, Dullenty said, and this fundraiser gives members that opportunity, as it kicks off a new membership drive.

And why not kick it off at the location of the Myrtle Theater? After all, they are hopeful the stage will be resurrected.

Appreciative of the support they have received from more than 100 members, Arts and Entertainment District President said she also wants to give back and have some fun, making the event a lively time for all. Now is a time for celebration, as the Arts and Entertainment District has officially achieved non-profit 501(c)(3) status.

“We want this to be colorful, festive and delicious,” Woolsey said.

Considering Toni Gies is making a giant burrito that should be accomplished.

“We’ll also have Sangria punch, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages,” Woolsey said.

For more information, call Woolsey at (406) 366-8132.

The Arts and Entertainment District Association meets every Friday at 2 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Brooks Building.



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