Plans under way for Taste of the Arts

Annual festival set for May 11

PIQUA — The time is nigh for downtown Piqua’s annual festival of arts, music, food and fun. In just two months, Mainstreet Piqua’s 24th annual Taste of the Arts celebration will take over the 300 and 400 blocks of North Main Street, offering live entertainment, demonstrations by local artists and an array of edibles from more than a dozen area restaurants and caterers.

The headline entertainment at this year’s Taste of the Arts is Red Hot Rhythm Review. This nine-piece Columbus-based band performed briefly at Taste of the Arts last year, but had to cut their performance short because of rain. Red Hot Rhythm Review has a huge local following and is well-known for their energetic arrangements of popular R&B, funk and classic tunes.

The committee is also lining up the demonstrating artists that will be located in several Main Street businesses during the course of the event. Artists committed so far include woodcarvers Jim Foster and Don Worley, watercolor artist Rusty Hardin and pottery artist Pat Klopfenstein. 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 visit 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.

The committee that puts together Mainstreet Piqua’s annual Taste of the Arts has been meeting since January and are looking forward to presenting another excellent event for the Piqua community. The job of putting together an event like this one is huge and committee members include Gary Anderson, Leesa Baker, Marilyn Halteman, Cindy Lillicrap, Sandy Kraack, Gretchen Roeth, Anita Dunn, Peggy Wiggins, Duane Bachman, Melinda Sillman, Bev Collett and Jessica Stein.

Taste of the Arts had been chaired from its inception by Cheryl Stiefel-Francis, but with her passing at the beginning of the year, the chair role is now being filled by Mainstreet Piqua’s Executive Director Lorna Swisher.

New volunteers are always welcome and anyone interested in helping with Taste of the Arts is asked to contact Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355.
Annual festival set for May 11