Join us downtown for our
Artful Spaces Tour
Ever wanted to tour some of downtown Delaware’s loft apartments? See the skylight used by Bo Durtha Art Studio to light his famous photographs? See the former bowling alley in the Strand Block building?
These sites and several other downtown locations not typically open to the public will be part of this year’s Main Street Delaware “Artful Spaces” tour. Currently, nearly a dozen locations are scheduled to be part of this peek into the past.
The self-guided walking tour will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 7. Tickets for this peek into the past are $10 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets are available now online at www.mainstreetdelaware.com or in person at Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St., or Button Up, 29 N. Sandusky St. Tickets also will be available at any tour site during the June 7 First Friday celebration. All tour sites will be designated by balloons and hosted by Main Street volunteers able to share some of the location’s rich history.
Also during June’s First Friday celebration, local artists and crafters are invited to set up on the downtown sidewalks to sell their works, creating an “Art-Full Downtown” to accompany the Artful Spaces tour. Sidewalk spaces are available for $35 per 8-foot section and may be reserved by registering online. (Vendors will need to provide their own tables.) All proceeds from the evening will support Main Street Delaware’s efforts to preserve and promote the city’s historic downtown.
The art-themed evening also will be designated Paint-the-Town-Purple in recognition of Delaware’s June 14-15 Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society. This year’s relay will be held at Delaware County Fairgrounds. Special luminaries to honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer will be available during First Friday.
As always, the monthly downtown celebration will feature free children’s activities and extended shopping and dining hours for everyone. On June 1, youngsters will be invited to add their artwork to downtown Delaware by decorating the sidewalks with original chalk drawings. Their work will be good practice for Main Street Delaware’s July 5 First Friday celebration, which will feature the second annual sidewalk chalk art competition.
Main Street Delaware is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization that seeks to preserve and promote historic downtown Delaware. In addition to coordinating each month’s First Friday celebration, Main Street Delaware oversees the Downtown Farmers’ Markets, flower pot program, holiday parade, and more. Main Street Delaware is an accredited Ohio Main Street Community. For additional information, contact Frances Jo Hamilton, executive director, at 740-362-6050, email@example.com, or by visiting us on facebook.