Saturday evening members of the Main Street board accompanied board
president Tracy Welch onto the stage in the Art of Wine and Brew
tent in downtown Lincoln. There Welch offered up a few words about
the departing director and presented him with a plaque in
appreciation of his nearly two years of service to the organization
and the city.
Welch invited Hoagland to say a few words, and the director chose to
speak more about the Wine and Brew than his impending departure.
The Art of Wine was added to the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival in
2003 as a major fundraiser for the MSL organization. The event has
continued to grow and proven to be one of the more popular aspects
of the festival.
Last year, the MSL board under the guidance of Hoagland added local
micro-breweries to the event, and enjoyed even greater success.
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This year the tent used for the event was replaced
with a new 8,000 square foot tent; 1,700 square foot larger than the
old one. The stage area hosted some great live music throughout the
weekend and became the “home base” for the Up in Smoke celebrity
host, Mark DeCarlo.
Hoagland said it took a lot of work and dedication
to bring the Art of Wine & Brew to Lincoln each year. He expressed
great appreciation to the 79 volunteers who this year kept things
running smoothly. He also offered thanks to DeCarlo for the many
hours of great entertainments he brought to the tent as well as the
variety of musicians who performed throughout the weekend.
Finally, he thanked the vendors and the guests in attendance for
their support of the event.
Main Street Lincoln will not be seeking to hire a new director
because that organization will be disbanding the end of this year.
The work of the Main Street group will continue through the newly
forming, yet to be named, unified organization that will focus in
part on continuing to promote and retain business in Lincoln and
[By NILA SMITH]