Monday, November 27, 2006

Athens Holiday Arts Showcase

The Uptown Arts Market
Scheduled for Thursday, November 30th

A special Athens Holiday Arts Showcase will take the place of a December Market Sundays this week.
The Athens Holiday Showcase hosted by the Hidden Treasures Neighborhood and the Athens Municipal Arts Commission is scheduled for Thursday, November 30th, running from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.
The Holiday Showcase market will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Athens Uptown Business Holiday events. Local art and food vendors will be under a heated tent at the corner of East State and Court Streets.

This month’s event includes a cider press for apple cider making, local musicians and holiday carolers. Holiday kid’s activities include gift wrapping and ornament making with guest artists. Athens Uptown merchants holiday raffle with up to a $1,000 in local prizes and gift certificates will begin Thursday afternoon and run through December 15th. Free parking is available in the City Parking Garage.

The Athens Holiday Arts Showcase celebrates the best of Athens handmade and homegrown. Customers will find a wide array of jewelry, bags and apparel, health and beauty products, woodcrafts, quilts, photography, paintings, house-wares and specialty foods. The market is held the first Sunday of every month, sponsored by the Athens Municipal Arts Commission and the Hidden Treasures Neighborhood of retailers.

Vending fees are very affordable and all interested artists and food vendors are encouraged to participate. Market Sunday vendors can contact market manager, Carol Patterson or Leslie Schaller at 592-3854 or by email at to reserve a vending space. All vendors must have a current vendor’s license to participate and only sell home-grown or hand made items. Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs and displays. For more information on Hidden Treasure Neighborhood special events please call 594-5276 or email

Monday, November 20, 2006


Happy Thanksgiving! I think we will be taking the day off! I know, how can you take a day off? I may take off Friday, too. OVST isn't, they will be here rehearsing for Ama and the White Crane.

So, what is the next big thing you say, AMA of course check the OVST website . Also, next week Scott Grady will be teaching his guitar class starting Nov. 28th. Please call (740) 592-5875 for more information.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Thanks, quilters

The Athens County Quilt discovery was a smashing success! We now know we need to hold another one but first, we rest.

We saw at least 85 quilts, hosted 27 "storytellers" had several guests and almost 30 volunteers running around all day creating a pleasant, inviting atmosphere for our quilters and guests.

Coming up, like I said, we rest.

Seriously though, next up: Ohio Valley Summer Theater presents Ama and the White Crane followed by the Studio For Young Actors' presentation of Christmas Carol.

Many meetings and rehearsals through the week. Call and leave a message or send us an email:

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

What's happening tomorrow?

Citizens For Our Neighborhoods, CFON is a community group seeking to preserve and enhance community andquality of life in Athens. CFON will meet on Wed. November 8 from about 7:00 to 9:00, that will be lead by Milt Greek.

And then on Thursday, November 9th, 7:30 pm The Athens Music Club presents The Coolville Hot Club (formerly known as the Gadjo Kings) return to the stage once again.

And then! Quilt discovery!!! Athens County Quilt Discovery: Members of the public are invited to bring their quilts--and share their stories for an oral history project--to ARTS/West, where quilt and textile experts Ellice Ronsheim and Leslie Floyd will examine them and offer information about their patterns, fabrics, and styles. While all quilts are welcome, those made before 1950 and have a connection to the Ohio Appalachian Region--either brought here or made by a resident--will be of particular interest. We will, however, look at as many quilts as time allows. A quilt history form will be filled out for each quilt and a documentation label will be registered at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum. Please call 592-4315 to register in advance if at all possible.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


I can't believe that the last post was October 17th. I must say I'm a bit embarrassed, but we have been busy. (that was me, blushing)

This week is big, big, big and starts tomorrow!

Monday is an all day workshop put on by Acenet called Regional Flavor, Identifying New Marketing Opportunities for your Business. It starts at 9:00 am and wraps up at 5:30 pm. They are always comming up with new ideas over there on Columbus Rd. It is such a fantastic resource for individuals to get a start with great business ideas.

Citzens for our Neighborhoods will meet on Wed November 8 from about 7:00 to 9:00, that will be lead by Milt Greek.

Thursday is our first event by the Athens Music Club stop on by for an evening of Gypsy/Jazz music from The Coolville Hot Club (formerly known as the Gadjo Kings) return to the stage once again to perform this week on November 9 . Often described as a "Django Reinhardt Tribute Band" its the only band in town playing authentic renditions of hot gypsy jazz from the 1930's and 40's, with a little Appalachian flavor and Rock n' Roll sensibility thrown into the mix. Members of the band: Art Werger and Jeff Carr on guitars; Mark Burhans on violin; John Douglas on bass. Music starts at 7:30.

And on Saturday, November 11 the long awaited for QUILT DISCOVERY
The community is invited to bring in quilts pre-dating 1950 and have them documented using the information already known by the owner and what quilt experts Ellice Ronsheim and Leslie Floyd can tell us using thier knowledge of color, pattern, and fabrics. It will be a fascinating day of decorative arts history with a hats off to the hard work of quilters long ago. I love dreaming about fabric being bought and patterns planned so many years ago....... The quilts that are brought in will be documented, photographed, and oooed and awed over with Ohio University Press compiling the info for a future book! Come take a look, whether you have quilts or not, just stop on by!