“Come and be a part of the excitement of Batesville Main Street’s first art alley activation as we celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Oct. 10,” suggests executive director Tina Longstreth.
The alley, at Batesville Shopping Village between Randy’s Roadhouse and S&B Driving School, is the result of an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Quick Impact Place-based grant, Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds and Batesville Area Arts Council funding and the artistic talent of Batesville High School art teachers Kyle Hunteman and Andrea Grimsley, former art teacher Mary K. Cambron and BHS students, along with metal sculptor Chaz Kaiser.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s new location at 301 Batesville Shopping Village. An open house is slated from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to meet new executive director Tricia Miller.
In the alley, attendees can enjoy free refreshments and music by Bryce and Shannon Mullins. Mayor Mike Bettice will perform the ribbon cutting for the art alley at 6 p.m.
All shops there will be participating in the event with extended hours and specials. Activities include free kids’ crafts provided by Tri-State Artisans, kids’ Halloween goodie bags from Aunt Bea’s Gifts and wine tastings at Batesville Liquor Co. from 5-7 p.m. for those in the over 21 crowd. The Office Shop is providing free popcorn and Schmidt’s Bakery will be offering free samples of cappuccinos and smoothies from 5-6 p.m.
The merriment continues after 6, with a meet-and-greet with Batesville Main Street and chamber representatives inside Randy’s Roadhouse. The music of guitarist Michael Kelsey will be featured from 6:15-8:15. Randy’s will feature drink and wings specials to celebrate the event.
“Families are welcome!” Longstreth reports. Please check the Batesville Main Street Facebook page for a detailed listing of events or contact Longstreth at 812-363-5254 with questions.