PIQUA — Mainstreet Piqua’s annual spring food and arts celebration, Taste of the Arts, is deep in the planning process. The date for this year’s event has been set for Friday, May 19, in downtown Piqua. Taste of the Arts 2017 will be the 23rd annual celebration of the event, and the dedicated volunteers of Mainstreet Piqua are working hard to make this year’s Taste event even more fun and memorable than previous years.
The headline entertainment at this year’s Taste of the Arts is “Red Hot Rhythm Review.” This nine-piece, Columbus-based band has a huge following and is well-known for keeping crowds entertained with their energetic arrangements of popular R&B, funk and classic tunes. The group will be doing two performances from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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 and 400 blocks of North Main Street. Artists committed so far include Shirley DeLaet, Peter Frederick and Dan Knepper. More artists will be added in the coming weeks.
The Piqua Public Library will be hosting the Ohio Watercolor Society traveling exhibit during the Taste of the Arts and visitors to the event can view the exhibit in the library.
Food is a huge part of the Taste of the Arts celebration and the committee is lining up 14 different area restaurants and caterers to be part of the event.
Arrangements are also being made for a series of fun children’s activities, including a visit by the Cincinnati Circus Company.
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, Sandy Kraack, Gretchen Roeth, Anita Dunn, Peggy Wiggins, Edna Stiefel, Duane Bachman, Melinda Sillman and Jessica Stein.
New volunteers are always welcome and anyone interested in helping with Taste of the Arts is asked to contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.