The Art (& Soul) of it all: Wilmington set for busy weekend downtown


Downtown set for big weekend

By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



The Clinton County Farmers Market continues on Saturday, getting the busy day downtown started from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mulberry Street between Locust and Main streets.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Paintbrushes on a wood background,


Tom Barr | News Journal

Country music star Joe Diffie performs Saturday night at the Murphy Theatre as part of the annual Operation Cherrybend week-long series of events to benefit veterans.


Courtesy photo

WILMINGTON — Artists ranging from musicians to potters to painters will fill downtown Wilmington beginning Friday evening through Saturday at the Art & Soul Fest sponsored by the Wilmington News Journal.

The weekend kicks off 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at the season’s final Party at the Mural with food and music featuring Wilmington’s own Chip Murdock and The Connection.

All day Saturday will be filled with artists of all kinds including dancers, local musicians, painters, woodworkers, crafters, glass artists, jewelry makers, quilters, fabric artists, potters, photographers and more.

At the end of Main Street, you’ll see more than 35 of those artists and crafters set up on the courthouse lawn which will be turned into an open-air market filled with handcrafted goods and skilled artists sharing their talents.

In addition, food and drink vendors as well as local eateries will be ready to fill you up.

The day includes:

• 8 a.m.-noon Farmers Market on Mulberry Street in front of the General Denver.

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wilmington Art & Soul Fest opens with the Art & Craft Market at the courthouse lawn (Main Street is closed).

• 10 a.m. Main Street Yoga class on the courthouse lawn.

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Self-guided tours of the downtown murals by Yellow Springs artist Jason Morgan.

• 10 a.m.-noon Walk-through tours of the historic Murphy Theatre and Artist Studios on Main Street.

• 10 a.m. to noon Jennifer Hollon will sign the new Orange Frazer book “The Historic Murphy Theatre: The People, The Entertainment, and The Monument” by Jennifer Hollon in the theatre’s lobby. Price (plus tax) is $53.32 (100 percent of purchase price goes to preserve the theatre).

• 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Free trolley rides through downtown.

• 11 a.m. Tour of “Here Come the Brides” exhibit filling four rooms at the Clinton County History Center on Locust Street.

• 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Food vendors, Tin Cap cider, beer and wine for sale at the Mural Parking Lot and on Main Street.

• 2 p.m. Live dance performances by the Wilmington Performing Arts Studio with Cole Haugh.

• 7 p.m. Operation Cherrybend concert at the Murphy featuring Joe Diffie with Jared Ashley to benefit veterans. Tickets $35 at themurphytheatre.org or operationcherrybend.org.

The Clinton County Farmers Market continues on Saturday, getting the busy day downtown started from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mulberry Street between Locust and Main streets.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0293-1.jpgThe Clinton County Farmers Market continues on Saturday, getting the busy day downtown started from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mulberry Street between Locust and Main streets. Tom Barr | News Journal

Paintbrushes on a wood background,
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_ART_SOUL_WNJ-AD-1080×675-1.jpgPaintbrushes on a wood background,Tom Barr | News Journal

Country music star Joe Diffie performs Saturday night at the Murphy Theatre as part of the annual Operation Cherrybend week-long series of events to benefit veterans.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_Joe-Diffie-1.jpgCountry music star Joe Diffie performs Saturday night at the Murphy Theatre as part of the annual Operation Cherrybend week-long series of events to benefit veterans. Courtesy photo

http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0288-1.jpgCourtesy photo
Downtown set for big weekend

By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com