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One last chance to Imagine in 2017

By CHRIS CASTLE • Updated Oct 26, 2017 at 3:01 PM

Maple City visitors and residents will have one last opportunity to Imagine Norwalk in the city’s historic downtown business district Friday.

Now in it’s fourth season, the Imagine series has brought artists, musicians and local business owners together since June 2014. This year’s events have been coordinated by the Norwalk Arts Council under the leadership of downtown business owner Lynn Berry.

“Earlier this year, the Arts Council was looking for a significant project for promoting the arts in Norwalk,” Berry said. “We saw Imagine as an opportunity to get local musicians and artists out of the garages and basements of the community and into the streets.”

For those who have never experienced an Imagine Norwalk event, it can be described as a hybrid of a street fair and community block party; bringing art and young and old alike to the shops along Main Street Norwalk. In its first year, some small retailers saw a 300-percent increase in sales during the event.

Berry’s Restaurant saw the correlation between Imagine and revenues, and when it looked as if Imagine would not return in 2017, Lynn and her husband Doug stepped up to the plate.

“As owners of a third generation family restaurant, we saw the impact that Imagine Norwalk has had on our business in recent years” Berry said.

“And while we knew that planning and coordinating these bi-weekly events would be more work for us, personally, we also knew that it was important to both the community and to downtown businesses. … It’s true that a rising tide lifts all boats.”

The final Imagine event of 2017 will take place Friday. The event will feature a Trick-or-Treat parade (beginning at 6 p.m. in Suhr Family Park), a Chili Cook-Off, the grand re-opening of Patina46, a Christmas gift drive, murder mystery dinner (at Berry’s Restaurant) and the Norwalk Kiwanis’ Arts In the Park, among several other activities.

In addition, there will be live performances from area artists including: Christian Kaser, Sid Jordan, Great Grandpa Beebe, Luther Trammell, Keaton Rood, Dylan Natole, Ben Holida and more.

Imagine Norwalk’s 2017 swan song event begins this at 5 p.m. in downtown Norwalk. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/norwalkaac.

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