On Saturday, June 7, at about 9:45 p.m., I sat down in the grass at the Hometown Bank Plaza and my eyes filled with tears. The entire plaza was filled with happy people enjoying live music under the stars, as our eighth annual Masterpieces on Main Art & Wine Festival came to an end. A total success!
This event requires by far the most effort and collaboration, and is also the most rewarding event of the year for Main Street Kent. We had 50 artists, seven wineries, five bands, and over thirty-five Kent volunteers and Kent Community TimeBankers who helped us put on the best event we have ever had!
Would the following people please stand and take a bow?
Mike Beder, Gayle Bentley, Gerri Bowen, Amie Cajka, Phil Cajka, City of Kent staff, Diane Feagain, Kelly Ferry, Mike Finley, Doug Fuller, Nadine Gomez, Abby Greer, Heather Hunter, Matt Keffer, Chris Lasko, Kevin Lewis, John McNeil, Tracy McNeil, Bob Mayfield, Cass Mayfield, Mike McClure, Robert Moore, Allan Orashan, Mary Organ, Cassie Pegg-Kirby, Pam Petrus, Rabecca Sanderson, Brian Sessions, Marilyn Sessions, Lesley Sickle, Rob Ullinger, Lucy Varney, Nancy Whitehead, Sue Whiting and Beckie Winterich.
Our sincere gratitude also goes to our generous event sponsors, who made this special event possible: Central Portage County Visitors & Convention Bureau, College Town Kent, Hometown Bank, Kent State University, Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center, Label Peelers, Marathon Financial Services, McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts, Secret Cellar and Woodsy's. You all are awesome.
Thank you all for your contributions to the success of this event!
Thursday Night Live
The music doesn't stop here, though. Main Street Kent is now gearing up for a summer of "Thursday Night Live" concerts at the Hometown Bank Plaza, from 7 to 9 p.m., on the nights when there is not a Home Heritage Concert scheduled. All are invited to enjoy these free outdoor concerts: Lazy Susan on July 17, Extra Crispy on July 24, Scarlet and the Harlots on July 31, The Hot Potatoes on August 14, Jovan Wilder and the Wild Things on Aug. 21, and Diana Chittester on Aug. 28.
We encourage you to stop at a local eatery for dinner first, or grab it "to go" and bring it along with a blanket and chairs, so you can kick back and enjoy these great local bands we have lined up for you.
For up-to-date information about these concerts and the other great things going on in our downtown, please visit www.mainstreetkent.org.
Save the date
We're planning a fun, progressive event for Friday, Aug. 8. This will include a cocktail hour, full dinner, comedy show, and dessert/coffee at four different venues in downtown Kent. Once details are finalized, a press release will be issued and tickets will be available on our website.
This is the second event of its kind and we're excited to be offering 100 tickets to this one, so save the date.
Heather Malarcik is executive director of Main Street Kent.