Included in the night of activities is the monthly
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber Business After Hours, when area chamber
members are invited to come together for a time of visiting and
enjoying a few good snacks.
But for this occasion there is a great deal more involved, and
according to Kathy Vinyard -- who works in City Hall for Mayor Keith
Snyder and John Lebegue, building and safety manager -- the event is
open to the general public, with the hopes that many local residents
will stop in.
In addition to live music and food prepared and served by the
Owl's Roost of Lincoln, there will be an art show throughout the
Vinyard said several artists are already signed up to bring their
work, and there are a few she is still waiting to hear from but
hopes will join in the show as well.
Among the local artists currently promising to set up displays
are Kerry Rolewicz, Michelle McFadden, Jason Hoffman, Renee Sisk,
Eric Burton, Toby Prang and Ruth Fredericks.
Vinyard said the art on display will not be limited to paintings
and wall hangings, as some of the artists will bring their sculpture
work as well.
In addition, the evening will include a tour of the City Hall
offices and the upstairs meeting chamber. Vinyard said that Snyder
has expressed that he wants people in the community to get a feel
for what is in the building and what goes on in the building.
The fire department is also planning some special activities.
For those who have never been to the second floor of City Hall,
they might be surprised to see all the items pertaining to the
history of the Lincoln Fire Department that are displayed in the
There are stunning prints hanging on the walls, pictures from
historical fires in the community, as well as firefighters and
equipment taking up one wall, along with an account of the world
record-holding horse team, Barney and Bill.
There are also antique lanterns, an ornate antique megaphone that
would have been used for announcements during special ceremonies, a
wall of rope showing various notes used in firefighting efforts, and
a memorial to firefighter Austin Bahn.
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In addition, Vinyard said that fire Chief Mark Miller has found
some new "old pictures" from the earlier days of the department and
is preparing to have those on display.
Recently the department had professional photos taken of the
entire crew together, and those, too, should be available for
The area downstairs in the building, where the fire bays are,
will be opened to the public as well. In recent weeks, the
department won a grant that enabled them to place some new safety
coatings on the floors in the bay area, and Miller wants everyone to
In addition to all this, the mayor as well as various aldermen,
city staff and department heads will be in attendance throughout the
evening to chat with guests and talk about who they are and what
they do for the city of Lincoln.
Vinyard said she is hoping that a large number of area residents
will take this opportunity to come in to City Hall, get to know a
few folks, enjoy some good music, good food and of course, take in
the beautiful artwork that will be on display.
[By NILA SMITH]