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August First Friday to Feature Over 55 Artists and Vendors!

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If you love arts and crafts, you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event for August, the Artisan Stroll! The event will feature over 55 different vendors, each offering art, crafts, or handmade items!

The event will be held from 5:30 - 10 pm in downtown Greenville on Friday, August 4th. “It will be a jam packed night, with so much to see and do,” said Susan Fowble, Event Chair Volunteer. “We are excited to see everyone downtown!”

Vendors will be set-up on the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses to showcase their items. The list of items offered include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, re-purposed home decor, photography, pottery, and much more.

In addition to the art and crafts on display, many demonstrations will take place throughout the evening. The agenda includes chainsaw sculpting, dance performances, and an exhibition by the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events and display traditional activities and crafts of the Medieval period. The event will also include live music at multiple locations.

The evening features many activities for children to enjoy, with face-painting, Chalk-the-Block (a sidewalk chalk contest), animal and balloon sculptures, free hotdogs & hamburgers provided by Greenville National Bank, free ice cream provided by First Congregational Church, kids crafts & school supply drive at FHMCC, free cookie decorating at First Presbetyrian Church, and more! The Greenville Public Library will be hosting a Craft Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on the front steps of the library. There will be a variety of book-related crafts for kids ten and under, in addition to sand art and button-making for teens and tweens ages 11 to 18. The sand art will take place on a first come, first serve basis.

Beginning in March, the committee (consisting of Susan Fowble, Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Nancy Person, Fran Brubaker, and Debbie Niekamp) have volunteered their time to work with Main Street Greenville to create the event.

“The Artisan Stroll is our largest First Friday event of the year and it would not be possible without the hard work of the committee. They begin planning this event well in advance to make sure there will be a wide variety of vendors and activities for all to enjoy,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

Flyers will be handed out the night of the event with the schedule and the locations of each vendor. Main Street Greenville will also post the information on their website and Facebook page for you to download or view before the event.

This event is kindly sponsored by Braund Pope & Oliver-Floyd Funeral Homes. “Celebrating lives and serving families is at the heart of everything we do at Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd Funeral Homes,” said Eric Fee, Owner and Family Service Director. “As the only locally owned funeral homes in Darke County, we take great pride in fostering community, serving our neighbors and celebrating all that our area has to offer. We are honored to partner with Main Street Greenville to celebrate the Artisan Stroll during August First Friday!” More information about Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd can be found at or (937) 548-1133.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

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