Last updated: February 28. 2014 9:54PM - 258 Views
By Bethany Royer

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PIQUA — Early planning has begun for downtown Piqua’s arts and food extravaganza - Taste of the Arts. The date for this year’s event has been set for Friday, May 16, with the event running from 5 - 9 p.m. in downtown Piqua. This is the 20th annual Taste of the Arts event and the Mainstreet Piqua committee responsible for the event is in the thick of putting together another great event featuring area restaurants and caterers, demonstrating artists, children’s activities and lots of live music.

Taste of the Arts is the first large outdoor event every spring and undoubtedly Returning to the event this year will be the very popular “Parrots of the Caribbean” band. The Parrots are a Jimmy Buffet tribute group from the Miami Valley area and they made their first visit to Piqua last year for the Taste of the Arts event. The group will be doing two one-hour performances during Taste of the Arts.

The committee is also lining up the demonstrating artists that will be located in several Main Street businesses during the course of the event. Taste of the Arts encompasses the 300 & 400 blocks of N. Main Street. Artists committed so far include Tecla Powell and Scott Phillips both of Piqua as well as leatherworker John Miller of West Milton. Also Teri Kent, the Piqua High School art teacher, will be doing a sidewalk chalk demonstration. More artists will be added in the coming weeks.

The job of putting together an event like this one is huge and committee members include Chair Cheryl Stiefel-Francis, Gary Anderson, Leesa Baker, Marilyn Halteman, Cindy Lillicrap, Kathy Kiefer, Dan O’Connell, Sandy Kraack, Mike Mengos, Gretchen Roeth, Anita Dunn, Jacki Kirtley, Anna Baumeister, Dwayne Thompson, Peggy Wiggins, Edna Stiefel, Duane Bachman and Melinda Sillman.

New volunteers are always welcome and anyone interested in helping with Taste of the Arts is asked to contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Mark your calendar - Friday, May 16, 5 to 9 P.M. in downtown Piqua.

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