Archive for Thursday, May 8, 2008

Downtown Project celebration set for today

Eric Post made last minute adjustments to the Baker University Fountain when it was turned on recently. The fountain was a gift from the Baldwin City community in honor of Baker's 150th anniversary this year. The fountain is located at the corner of Eighth and High streets.

Eric Post made last minute adjustments to the Baker University Fountain when it was turned on recently. The fountain was a gift from the Baldwin City community in honor of Baker's 150th anniversary this year. The fountain is located at the corner of Eighth and High streets.

May 8, 2008, 1:00 a.m.

Updated: May 14, 2008, 1:35 p.m.

There's a celebration planned for today marking the completion of the Downtown Streetscape Project - even though it's not 100 percent complete.

"It's almost done, but not quite," said Ivan Huntoon, vice president of Baldwin State Bank which is sponsoring the event. "Looks like they need some railing. It absolutely looks good, minus the railing, though.

"This is a celebration of Baldwin, a celebration of the Downtown Project being completed," said Huntoon. "I know there are some downtown business owners who are anxious to see it complete. It's just a chance to get the community downtown to look at it and have a celebration."

The event starts at 5 p.m. and continues through 9 p.m. High Street from Seventh to Eighth streets will be closed for the street party. There will be free food from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wheat State Pizza and Hickory Creek Barbecue.

A well-known Kansas City band, Lee McBee and the Confessors, will be playing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"They're a great band," he said.

Also between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jr. Juggles the Clown will be making balloon animals and doing magic.

The Baldwin Community Arts Council will be having it's inaugural Art Walk of the season, as well. The Art Walks have been on Fridays in past years, but the BCAC is going to try Wednesdays and thought this was a great opportunity for the opener. Various artists will have their wares on display and available for purchase.

A Farmer's Market will be going on at Antiques on the Prairie and the Lumberyard Arts Center will also be open.

"Come down, have some free food and listen to some great music," said Huntoon.

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