Get in the game at Taste of the Arts

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Giant Jenga, Dominoes and Yard Yahtzee — sound like a fun adventure for kids? Well, bring your whole family and come to the 23rd annual Taste of the Arts on Friday, May 19, to experience this new game. This giant attraction, designed and made by Wayne Vondenhuevel, will be part of the kids’ activities located in the 400 block of Main Street and extend into the intersection of Main and Greene streets during the downtown festival.

Local non-profit groups will also be featuring crafts from 6-9 p.m. which are all free for kids. “The Intersection of Fun and Friends” will include spin art (Parents as Teachers), treasure box/dinosaur dig (Miami County YMCA), nature-inspired craft activities (The Center for Early Learning), beaded bracelets and necklaces (Young Life), crafting (Girl Scouts of Piqua), and I Spy bags (Kid’s Learning Place).

“Also appearing in the former Kid Zone will be a balloon artist, face painter, juggler, magician and stilt walker,” said Cheryl Francis, Taste of the Arts chairperson. “Kids will find fun and entertainment in every part of this area set up just for kids.”

Adults will also want to be involved in special activities set up in the area this year. Hosted by WPTW’s Joe Laber, festival-goers will listen to old time favorites from 5-6 p.m., followed by special events every half hour throughout the rest of the night. How about a music trivia contest to identify songs from the 50’s and 60’s with prizes to the winners? From 6:30-7 p.m., music lovers can join in the ever-popular line dancing. Moviegoers will be asked to identify songs from movies from 7-7:30 to win prizes, then favorite songs of yesterday made famous by artists who are no longer with us will be played from 7:30-8 p.m. to win additional prizes.

A special segment of the evening from 8-8:30 p.m. for both adults and children will be dancing to the ever popular “YMCA” the Twist, the chicken dance, bunny hop, limbo and more. There will be prizes for the dancers, too. If you are good at identifying singing groups from the 50’s and 60’s, be sure to be in this area from 8:30-9 p.m. to see how you do with everyone else in getting correct answers for this.

Around the intersection will be benches and chairs for people to rest, enjoy the music and participate with others attending the Taste of the Arts. “Fun for everyone at any age is our goal in this area,” said Francis, along with Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua. “The festival is a perfect night of entertainment for the whole family.”

Taste of the Arts is sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua. For more information, contact Swisher at (937)773-9355 or visit

For the Daily Call