City supports Main Street Lincoln summer
artwork and wine tasting
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[JULY 20, 2004]
coming from all parts of the country will be hitting town tomorrow.
Their task: to paint the town memorabilia beautiful. They will paint
the exposed backs of several downtown buildings in classic sign
motifs. David Lanterman,
Main Street Lincoln president, updated the Lincoln City Council
on this and one other developing summer event, The Art of Wine.
Lanterman said that 60 to 80 painters from an artists association,
the Letterheads, are
expected to arrive on Wednesday and begin painting. The association
holds the annual event in order for artists to have opportunity to
showcase their work. The artists volunteer their time. The work they
do during will be used in their portfolios. Lincoln has the great
fortune of being chosen as their canvas this year. When the project
is completed, the city will have anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 in
artwork done almost for free, he said.
community has pulled together, Lanterman said. There are a lot of
contractors offering services; the building owners have been fixing
their buildings so the surfaces are prepped. There will be many
College is supplying dorm rooms at a nominal fee of $10 per night.
As a gesture of appreciation Mayor Beth Davis, Police Chief Rich
Montcalm and Fire Chief Bucky Washam collectively gave $600 from
their public relations funds toward breakfast for the artists.
different signs are planned. A Coca-Cola sign is going on the old
bottling company building. On the back of the old Lauer building,
which is owned by Dale Bassi, a new Lauer Hardware sign will go up.
The old Lincoln City Services will be put on the side of McEntire's.
Street will develop a brochure explaining the town and the sign
histories. The brochure will be used by tourists and will give
people something to do when walking around downtown, Lanterman said.
artists' work begins on Wednesday and is to be completed by Saturday
evening. A closing cookout downtown Saturday evening for the artists
will allow admirers of the new works to meet the artists and express
appreciation. No time was set for the cookout yet, but it will
probably be around the Blue Dog.
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for Main Street Lincoln's premier summer event, The Art of Wine,
well under way
are well under way for the second annual “The Art of Wine.” Again
the event will coincide with the annual Art Festival downtown during
the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival, Aug. 27-29.
year's patrons have been inquiring if the any of the same wineries
will be returning, Lanterman said. The answer is yes, nine out of 10
have made a commitment to come back. The process and costs will be
the same as last year, when those entering the wine tent paid a fee,
received a commemorative glass and tickets, and then chose what
wines they wished to sample. More tickets could be purchased for
fun activity is under consideration during the tasting -- a grape
stomp. Teams of three would register to see how much juice they
could produce by stomping for two or three minutes. Start measuring
your friends; big feet might be an advantage to this.
costume competition is also being considered to add to the fun.
evening there will be entertainment open for the public. It will
probably be the Illinois Brass Works, who provide a blend of jazz
music, Lanterman said.
last year, the fabulous fiberglass dog art will be auctioned off in
the evening, with proceeds going to Main Street Lincoln.