Courthouse Square features trio of events

Noon in the Park and Chalk on the Walk will make late summer appearances as part of an afternoon of arts activities at downtown Warren’s Courthouse Square.

Those events will coincide with the third All About Animals Art Show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

James Shuttic, director of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, said they were able to secure some funding and some dates from the city and decided to hold an abbreviated Noon in the Park season with most of the concerts in September.

In recent years, the lunchtime concerts have been held in June, July and early August, and Shuttic isn’t sure what impact the late start will have on attendance.

“I guess we’ll see,” he said. “We did opt, rather than do Noon in the Park in August, that September would be a better month. We were concerned it would be too hot (in August), so let’s give September a try. If it doesn’t work, we’ll go back to how it was before.

“We’re hoping with it being cooler that attendance will be better. Some of the elderly members of the community didn’t come out on the hotter dates. We wanted to make it more accessible.”

The light jazz act Night Breeze will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, with the four September concerts running from noon to 2 p.m. Fridays — Purple Cat Music Class on Sept. 6, Greg “Dr. G.” Johnson on Sept. 13, James Moran on Sept. 20 and Richie Wilkins Trio on Sept. 27.

“Purple Cat was a big hit last year,” Shuttic said. “We tried to pick acts that represented the community as a whole rather than a single audience. We were talking back and forth about who would make it more diverse.”

Chalk on the Walk, delayed from July, will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. FACT will provide chalk to children who can use the sidewalks in and around the square as the canvas for their creations. In addition to free chalk, children also will receive coupons for a free doughnut from Nova Coffee Co. while supplies last.

Shuttic described it as an informal, fun event with no judging, and he didn’t have an attendance goal.

“We’re going to have people coming for Chalk on the Walk and also families coming down for the All About Animals Art Show,” he said. “I haven’t looked at the weather yet, but if we have 300, 400 kids participating, that would be great.”

All About Animals, an event created by Kari Crawford of Champion, will feature more than 40 vendors and artists, many selling pet-themed art and products for pets.

The art show runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and those attending are encouraged to bring their leashed animals with them.

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