Starting at around 4:30 - be on the lookout for strolling costumed characters handing out something valuable AND maps pinpointing the fun FREE arts ongoings all over the town Lyons... before, during & after the Sandstone Concert...
The friendly volunteers will be distributing vouchers that can be spent - same as cash - at participating businesses, restaurants & service providers. Each voucher is valid that Thursday through the following Monday - encouraging all to linger longer in Lyons!
Merchants will submit to town & be later reimbursed fully for each voucher "spent" at their place of business.
"Lyons Last Thursdays / Arts Strolls" have been made possible through the Lyons Chamber, the Town of Lyons, the Economic Development Commission (EDC), interested individuals, & Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission (LAHC), in an effort to stimulate an arts buzz & commerce in town.
The hope is that locals & visitors alike will linger longer in Lyons - especially since Lyons is right en route to / from Rocky Mountain National Park / Estes Park / Boulder, CO / Longmont, CO.
Businesses are encouraged to offer specials & stay open late (until around 9PM) each of the Lyons Last Thursdays / Arts Stroll events (May through September), each entity making their own arrangements to showcase, sponsor or celebrate an art form of any genre - say, a visual or culinary artist, musician, performer, &/or writer - of their own choosing.
The participating Lyons LAST Thursdays / Arts Stroll merchants will be accentuated this month with the aid of special "Arts Here" flags that are in progress - thanks to the Lyons Chamber.
So far, the following local businesses have indicated that they intend to participate in at least one of the series: Lyons Quilting, Lyons Fork, Western Stars Gallery & Studio, Oskar Blues, ARTBOX, Ax & Oar, St. Vrain Market, Lyons Redstone Museum, Red Canyon Art, Lyons Quilt Shop, BRICK & Mortar, Haven, Stone Cup, Reruns, Rosey's Rescues, Metamorphosis Tattoo, Gatherings, Corner Studios, Lyons Community Church, Art Bank Gallery, & the Lyons Dairy Bar...
NOTE: If you are a local business & haven’t officially signed up yet or received a door sign, there is still time & no participation fee! Contact info below. Reach out ASAP with your details to be included on the map & in promo efforts.
Businesses may also be interested in co-hosting an artist / musician / performer in front of their adjacent locations...
If you are an artist who has interest in offering your talents & being part of the festivities, please reach-out to local businesses or the contact below to explore possibilities.
Announcements about this town-wide & self-propelled arts cultivation program have been made at recent Chamber Socials & in local newspapers.
Participation forms, door signs & additional info are currently available at Western Stars Gallery & Studios at 160 East Main (11-5 daily except Tuesday) or by contacting Chrystal DeCoster at 401-301-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join in the community fun & encourage everyone you meet to elongate their weekends & to linger longer in Lyons during all of the upcoming 2016 Lyons Last Thursdays / Arts Stroll events.