Chalk on the Walk expands fun for 2022

082419...R CHALK 1...Warren...08-24-19...Evee (correct) Loomis, 8, of Bristol, uses her finger to work the chalk on the sidewalk as she draws a turtle to go along with the other animals she drew during the annual Chalk on the Walk at Courthouse Square Saturday...by R. Michael Semple

It won’t be just children’s sidewalk art filling downtown Warren’s Courthouse Square on Saturday.

The return of Chalk on the Walk will include facepainting and tie-dye stations, a local artists market, fire truck tours, costumed characters, music and free doughnuts.

“We wanted to make sure we did it this year and did more than in years past to get people excited about it,” said James Shuttic, director of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County. “After a break, we wanted to attract more people from the general community and add more layers.”

Chalk on the Walk, where children have the chance to use the walkways around and through Courthouse Square as their canvas for chalk drawings, has been a downtown tradition for decades, but it was canceled the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through donations from TCAP Head Start and Fairhaven Industries as well as money from FACT, free chalk packets will be available for about 500 participants starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Free doughnuts courtesy of Nova Coffee Co. will be available to the first 100 children.

“Kids are resilient, but through the whole pandemic, their activities were highly impacted, either halted or changed drastically,” Shuttic said “We want to bring people together and show things are happening again.”

DJ Christopher F will provide the soundtrack for artistic creation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Warren Fire Department will have a fire truck on site and offer tours from noon to 1 p.m. Elsa and Spider-Man costumed characters also will be there.

For the adults, more than 20 area artists will sell their original, handmade creations on the Square.

“We wanted to have things that appeal to more than just kids but not take away from what is a kids’ event,” Shuttic said.

Area nonprofit groups also have been invited to set up informational tables at the event.

“We know firsthand, no matter what you do, you can’t get enough people to know what you’re doing,” he said. “One of our goals the last several years is to work with other nonprofits and give them a chance to showcase what they’re doing.”


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