State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett (front, right) presents a check to members of the Plymouth Mural & Arts Festival Committee—(front, from left) Donna Hahn, Plymouth Arts Center; Mary Martin, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Debbie DeGroot, Plymouth Chamber; and (back) Susie DeGroff, Walldogs artist; Jerry Thompson, hidden, Walldogs; Karen Scheuerman, Indwis; and Denise Drews, Vivid Reflections. Committee members not present were Carole O’Malley, DeO’Malley’s Pizza Pub; Matthew Olson, Signalfire; and Ken Pannier, Pannier Photography.

fine art fair, live music, strolling entertainers and musicians, street vendors, a Cabaret show, community theater events, and children’s activities ranging from a petting zoo and interactive storytelling to coloring seven-foot long murals scattered throughout the downtown area. The entire weekend event is free to the public and perfect for a family weekend getaway or a convenient day trip.

With Mill Street Live kicking off the weekend’s events, the Plymouth Arts Center will continue to play a key role in the weekend’s festivities. The festival coincides with the fifth annual juried Festival of Fine Arts at the PAC. Over 25 local and regional artists will display and sell their original fine art from their booths on Mill Street from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. on Saturday. Artists working in a wide range of media will compete for Best in Show awards and cash prizes. During the art fair hours, look for artist demonstrations, face painting and ongoing kids art workshops conducted by Abrakadoodle in the Arts Center

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classrooms, where children can create and take home their own works of art.

For a complete schedule of events during the Mural & Arts Festival, details about the music, suggestions for lodging or other attractions, check out m3BdhWvN.dpuf.

The Plymouth Arts Foundation—now known as the Plymouth Arts Center— originally was based on a similar effort in a comparable size community in Montana. Nancy Smith, who was the executive director of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at the time, thought an arts group could benefit the community in many ways by improving the quality of life and increasing tourism. The group had modest beginnings in 1993 but over the years has grown to over 400 members and hundreds of volunteers. Some of the original founding board members continue to be very active today.

The mission of the Plymouth Arts Center continues to be “to enliven the spirit of our community and to enrich the lives of all by providing diverse experiences in the arts.”

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