Preview holiday cheer with Center City Saturday Nov. 21

1 - November 16, 2009 - 0 Comments

Come downtown 1-5 p.m. for fun, food, kids crafts, chair massage, live art demonstrations and the Festival of Lights kickoff

Join members of First Friday Art Walk for a fun, free, family-friendly holiday-themed event, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Downtown Arts District. If you’ve never experienced Art Walk, this is your chance to find out what all the excitement’s about! Center City Saturday Map

“I’ve talked to several people who tell me they’d love to come to Art Walk, but they can’t make it downtown on a Friday night,” said Clarissa French, Art Walk communications director. “Because of that, we wanted to do something during daytime hours on the weekend to introduce families, seniors and weekend visitors to the fun and excitement that is downtown Springfield.”

Center City Saturday features live art demonstrations, giveaways, holiday open houses, kids’ crafts, holiday refreshments, raffles and more. Start out with lunch at one of our incredible downtown restaurants, spend the day visiting Art Walk galleries, then head to Jordan Valley Park for the Festival of Lights Kickoff and Lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, followed by Fireworks at Hammons Field.

Here are the highlights:

  • Bodhi Salon and Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, presents its Holiday Open House! Enjoy holiday cookies and 20 percent off all gift certificates. For each gift certificate purchased, the client will be entered in a raffle for a Bodhi gift basket valued at over $300. Kids can enjoy face & body painting, hair styles and polish, while mom or dad indulges in a complimentary chair massage. Plus, don’t miss Motley Achromatic, a show of photography by Ike Wever, Bodhi’s featured artist for November.
  • Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., features the Art of Hailey Patten through November and will have free holiday coloring pages for kids to take home.
  • Fresh Gallery, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, will hold its holiday open house during Center City Saturday. Enjoy live painting demonstrations and view the art of Featured Artists Angel Nahon and Ann Marie Rausch, plus works by 20 other regional artists.
  • Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, features handcrafted, fairly traded art objects, clothing and more from around the world. Each child who stops by between 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 21 will receive a free, handcrafted bobblehead animal from Mexico. Offer good while supplies last!
  • Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, invites visitors to enjoy holiday refreshments, personalized Christmas ornaments and the work of Artist Kristin Sholtis in her show, Rustworthy, Tales in Assemblage …
  • Park Central Branch Library will host a free Holiday Movie Marathon on the big screen.
  • Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., presents two special events: Enjoy free refreshments and see the CASA Kid’s Display, featuring original artwork by local children, which was used to create this year’s CASA greeting cards, and Woodblock Paintings by Charles Lederer in celebration of 100 Years of Casper’s Chili, founded by Charles’ father Casper.
  • Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., presents live glassblowing demonstrations by glass master Terry Bloodworth and crew. Springfield Hot Glass Studio is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work.
  • Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., presents a special Holiday Ornament miniMake. Come play in the clay between 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. For a small fee of $10, you will be guided through the miniMake project, and Springfield Pottery will have it fired and ready to pick up in 14 days. Please allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete your miniMake project!

The Downtown Arts District has something for everyone, from fine art and delicious dining to one-of-a-kind shops, cutting-edge fashion and live entertainment. Don’t miss First Friday Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 4, and plan now to join us for our next Center City Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 19!

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