PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Four blocks of downtown Paragould will be filled with tents and displays on Saturday, May 5, as the 2018 Art and Stroll moves from a weeknight happening to the weekend.
The Paragould Farmers' Market will kick off activities at 8 a.m. The opening will be followed by the Greene County Master Gardener's Plant Sale at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park.
But the focus for Art and Stroll is art and lots of it.
Art classes with Night Out on the Canvas begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for children. There's an adult class planned for 4 p.m., with registration for all classes at The Crossing.
"We will be giving art classes. Two for children and one for the adults," Gina Jarrett, Executive Director of the Main Street Paragould, Inc. "Night Out on the Canvas, which is one of those businesses that goes out and does the canvas painting is doing our art class. Also, we are having an artist go out and sketch in a very large concrete board size coloring sheet for kids to help us paint a mural to go where the Farmer's Market location is."
Canvas artists include Jerri Blue, Joshua Hudson, Ashleigh West, Becky Pentecost, Janie McMurty, Beau Jones, Casey Wayne, Jim Porterfield, Mandy Maxwell, Amanda Hunt, Carol Davis, Dave Percell, and MOCA.
"We have 19 canvas artists and we have 19 artisan crafters," Jarrett said. "The Crossing is a large building downtown. The location is 101 South Pruitt Street. And we put our canvas artists in there."
Live music on the 100 north block of downtown Paragould will be provided by Aaron Laughlin from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Blackwater Station from 2 – 3 p.m. and Joe Bateman from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Performers in the 200 block of downtown, near Terry's Café' are Shawn Boone from 11 a.m. – noon and Cody Noel from 4 – 5 p.m.
Near Gracefully Southern in the 200 block will be Laith from 11:30 – Noon and The Happy Campers from 3 – 4 p.m.
Performers in the 200 South block will be Trio from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and Jake Lung from 2 – 3 p.m.
On the main stage near Pruett and Emerson Streets will be PHS Jazz Band from 1 – 2 p.m. Honky Tonk Beatnicks from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Everyday Life will perform from 5 – 7 p.m. Also, the PHS Ensembles and Drumline will perform from noon until 1 p.m.
The Bootheel Youth Museum from Mauldin, Mo. will perform two science shows explaining volcanoes, balloons, a film canister explosion, a skewer through balloons, spouting bowl, Newton beads and slime.
"They will be doing three presentations through the day," Jarrett said. "But, they are also doing experiments. And they said they would be there as long as people are strolling."