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Muncie ArtsWalk 2013 and Yart both a huge success
By Ana Olvera
MUNCIE, INDIANA - Downtown Muncie was alive Thursday night with art and music for Muncie ArtsWalk 2013 and Yart. The Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band performed throughout the night. The art sale featured handmade paintings, jewelry, candles, drawings, knit items and photography.
The event attracted returning artists, as well as newcomers. New to the art sale and Muncie, former combat medic Patrick Daly sold wood paintings and calendar paintings. Daly recently moved to Muncie after finishing his second tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic. He began making art in August after returning from Afghanistan on terminal leave. Influenced by artist Anselm Kiefer, Daly describes his art as “honest, humble, kitschy crap.”
“That’s the kind of art I love making, where you really see the hands and the effort and the time that went into it."
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MUNCIE, INDIANA - Muncie Downtown Development, in partnership with Muncie Arts and Culture Council and Ball State University’s Departments of Fine Art and Music, present ArtsWalk 2013. This event will be held in the streets of Downtown Muncie on October 3th from 5:00-9:00p.m. Please join us for an exceptional evening of art, food, performance and music.
In addition to the well-established Downtown “First Thursday” art gallery openings, Ball State will share a wealth of musical talent and visual artistry, including pottery throwing demonstration, artwork sale from the Student Fine Arts League. Music will be presented from both the BSU Jazz and Tuba ensembles. Ivy Tech culinary students will exhibit the art of “Garde Manger”.
Muncie Symphony Orchestra will perform from 5:30-6:30 on the Canan Commons Stage. The Rebirth Brass Band, will close out the Three Trails Music Series with their performance from 7:30-9:00, also on the Canan Commons Stage.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Among the biggest and most respected names in hotel management throughout the Midwest will operate the new $25 million hotel in DWNTWN.
General Hotel Corp., of Indianapolis, manages 29 hotels and 3,400 rooms in the Midwest under the names of Courtyard by Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and others and has been selected by The Arc of Indiana to manage the new 150-room hotel next to the Horizon Convention Center.
Mayor Dennis Tyler announced the next step to the new downtown hotel on Thursday along with Jim Dora Jr., president and CEO of General Hotels, and Kim Dodson, CEO of the Arc Development Group, and executive director of The Arc of Indiana.
Included in the hotel will be a hospitality training center for those with disability to learn skills of hotel service and management. About 30 permanent jobs will be created and the project will help reduce unemployment among those the disability who are mostly unemployed.
By Asia Jureczko
MUNCIE, IN - Housed in what was once the old Muncie Banking Company, the Fickle Peach has creatively incorporated many of the bank’s features into the bar. The massive vaults, marble floors and intricate interior design concepts have all been put to use to make the Fickle Peach one of Muncie’s most interesting looking taverns.
Chris Piche, one of the owners and founders of the Fickle Peach, had a vision for the bar. Using the colossal vaults as beer coolers; uncovering the gleaming marble from its carpeted layer; keeping the elegantly designed, tin ceilings and implementing an expansive variety of local and specialty beer, has made the Fickle Peach one of Muncie’s favorite hangouts.
Piche, also known as “Peach”, claims he wanted to create a comfortable environment for the, “young professional.” Through his college years, working as a bartender while going to Ball State, he watched women get harassed and tormented at many of the local bar scenes.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN. - Downtown Muncie's great landmarks, the Roberts Hotel and the Boyce Block, should get some notice from facelifts funded by local government's development effort.
Muncie Redevelopment Commission awarded $1 million in grants on Thursday to spark a new renaissance that should bring more people and money to the heart of the community.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - When John Peterson took down the last letter of Doc's on Saturday night, a gleam seemed to leave his eye.
"We had a good run," said Peterson, musician. physician and adventurer.
More than 200 people came and went from Doc's Music Hall Saturday to see the last show of Doc Peterson's band besides he Mike Martin Band that played through the close. Doc jumped on a ladder around midnight and pulled down the letters on the music hall as his daughter, Erica Dumond, and wife, Vicki, watched along with a couple dozen people taking pictures and recording the end of the 20 year old art and music center.
Paul Troxell was lamenting the closing of Doc's after giving it new life after a fire in 1996. Cal Gullion, another Doc's regular, talked to Troxell about all the time and money they spent keeping the place going. "There's alot of our work in there," said Gullion.
Actually, Troxell rebuilt the bar and put work into building tables and benches in the venue. "He put his heart and soul in it," said Gullion.
Peterson recently sold the building to neighbor Stan Stephens who runs The Heorot, and plans are to open a micro brewery there to make some of Stephen's new ales. Martin has another club, Beatniks in Marion and wants to start another Doc's in the University Village. Meanwhile, another music venue called Folly Moon plans to open in the old Stirling's on Mulberry Street. The other downtown music hall is Center Stage that could soon take the name of its predecessor, the Columbia Theater.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Muncie's Redevelopment Commission agreed to buy property Thursday that could be used for a new hotel and other development next to the downtown Horizon Convention Center.
And Ball State University continues to move on property at University and McKinley avenues where a new $25 million hotel and conference center will be built as early as 2013.
All the talk and property acquisition indicated full service hotels will return to the Muncie market that now has 989 rooms mainly on the Bethel Avenue and McGalliard Road hospitality route that generally are occupied by visitors of Ball State, I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
Mayor Dennis Tyler did not want to talk too much about the downtown hotel project as the MRC agreed to participate in the $75,000 purchase of the old Muncie Mission site across from the convention center and about at the High and Seymour streets crossing. The city negotiated the purchase after the mission torn down the old building and did extensive excavation of the site for old tanks or other environmental problems.
The cost was based on the average of a couple of appraisals and considered a deal by city officials since the mission spent money on demolition and cleanup.
Tyler believed Muncie could support both hotel projects given the current occupancy and how a downtown hotel could impact the downtown.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - The demand for real estate, whether manufacturing, warehouse, office or retail is growing in Delaware County, according to Mike Lunsford, real estate developer and broker at Coldwell Banker Lunsford.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Heorot Pub and Draught House is still among the biggest and best destinations in the Midwest to find beer and ale at affordable prices.
MUNCIE, IN - Ball State University freshman orientation begins Tuesday, June 2nd, and Downtown Muncie welcomes our guests with open arms. Downtown businesses and merchants are encouraged to take advantage of the many promotional and volunteer opportunities offered over the next few weeks. We want everyone to get involved, to let our visitors know what a wonderful community we are and how much we Downtown Muncie has to offer!