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Some normalcy is returning to downtown Lincolnton and the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton and Lincoln Cultural Center have joined together to organize a spring art crawl on Friday, May 21. Weathering a global pandemic hasn’t been easy for many of these merchants, according to Betty Teague Flohr, executive director at the DDA and a downtown merchant. Despite the hardships, several new businesses have opened in downtown Lincolnton.

“There’s over 20 artists who have reached out to be a part of this and a lot of merchants who will be open,” Flohr said. “There’s a guy who makes custom bar stools, a jewelry maker, soap maker, there’s lots of variety and something for everyone. People are anxious to be back out and do things. While this won’t be a huge event, we’re hoping that people will come out to support the local merchants and have a good time.”

On Water Street, Bone & Feather will be at BrickTree Brewery, Katya Wentz will be at Hamper and Home Co. and Rachel Kupper at Untapped Territory.

“Art crawls have been well received by the community over the years and we expect this one to be no different,” Cathy Davis, director of the Lincoln Cultural Center. “By every indication the weather should be fantastic so we hope that will bring more people out to shop with both the artists and the businesses that will be hosting. If you can’t find me Friday night, there is a good chance I will be enjoying a mason jar milkshake while listening to Adam Rose on the courthouse lawn.”

On East Main Street, Aholata will be at Endless Color, Muddy Creek Works and Gigi Sampson will be at The Meating Place, ViewsByMarcus and Zander Designs at House of Trophies and Gifts, More Than Just Apples will be in front of the Law Firm and Thunder Over Carolina will have a booth set up to share information about their upcoming performances. 

L.T. Thurman Art will be at B3 Training Studio, 3 Peas at Benny’s, Musician Dan Smith at CBD East Main, Cynthia Pittman will be at Burton Farms as will musician Elijah Smith, a Blind Date Bookshop at Key 2 Health and Wellness, Famously Julie at the Owl’s Nest, White Dog Workshop at Freedom Church, Felicity Sinclair at Bloom Market, Horn Beam Studio and Donna Downey at Treasures on Main, Just B/C Pottery and White Tail Barn at Edward Jones, Blue House Studio & Michael Helms Productions at Fausto’s Coffee, Woodturning by Jerry at Good Wood Pizza, Entertainment on the Courthouse Square will be musician Adam Ros and during intermission, students from the Danse Elan Dance Academy will perform.

“We are again pleased to be able to work with DDA and the Cultural Center, to provide an evening of art, cultural and fun to downtown Lincolnton,” Deanna Williams-McGinnis, Arts Council of Lincoln County director said. “We want to support both our artist and merchants.”

Just Around the Corner and Guitar Wishes, 7th Moon Boutique and Gifts Game Swap will all be open. More artists and performers are being added daily.

Vittles, Southern Charm Winery, Scoops on the Square and Court Street Grille Court Square will be open to serve food and drink. Flohr is expecting that a food truck or two will be on hand as well.

The event is Friday, May 21 and will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. East Main Street will not be shut down so there’ll be ample parking. 

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