Meredith Privat was among the 30-plus artists with works displayed during Friday’s Art & Wine Stroll hosted by the City of Crowley and the Main Street Program. Hundreds attended the inaugural event, visiting 13 participating businesses while enjoying shopping, visiting, or just looking. Privat’s work was displayed at Indigo Blue.
A walk-off hit
Downtown Crowley was teeming with people Friday afternoon for the inaugural Art & Wine Stroll.
Hosted by the Crowley Main Street Program and the Crowley Art Association and sponsored by First National Bank of Louisiana and the City of Crowley, the event drew hundreds to historic North Parkerson Avenue to view and listen to the works of various artists, to visit and shop at more than a dozen businesses, and to enjoy a little wine while doing so.
About 40 artists, craftsmen and musicians provided visual and musical entertainment all along the route with each of the 13 sponsoring businesses offering an assortment of finger foods along with a selection of wines.
“I was thrilled with the turnout. We are so grateful the community came out and supported the event and the Crowley Main Street program,” said Jill Habetz, Crowley Main Street board member and event committee chair.
While the event was free to all to stroll and shop and view the art, those registering for the stroll were given “passports” to be stamped at each of the stops. Passports were then turned in at the end of the night for drawings for a number of valuable door prizes.
“Based on the number of people who registered, we estimate the crowd was close to 700 or a little more through the course of the evening,” said Charlotte Jeffers, manager of Crowley’s Main Street Program.
“The comments we got from our ‘strollers’ were very positive,” she added. “They were very excited to see events such as this coming to our main street.
“And the wine stop participants were blown away by the attendance and the enthusiasm and excitement of the crowd.”
The 13 businesses participating as wine stops were Boutique Forty-Six, Wirtz Sudz, Indigo Blue, Rice City Designs, Nestled & Company, Le Jolie Boutique, Scott C. Lowry Edward Jones, Crafty Cajun Studios, Shabby to Chic, Crowley Art Gallery, Gremillion’s Drug Store, Miller, Mitchell & Long, and Puddles & Lace.
“I thought the Art and Wine Stroll was a great way to display our local downtown businesses and business owners, while providing attendees the opportunity to enjoy much of the musical and artistic culture that makes Crowley such a unique city,” said Matthew H. Long of Miller, Mitchell and Long Law Offices.
“We did great,” said Jennifer Mixon, owner of Puddles and Lace. “I was very pleased. We had a lot of first-time visitors to the store, which I was very excited about.”
Cynthia Wirtz, owner of Wirtz Sudz, said, “It was so nice to see people strolling along Main Street just enjoying themselves.”
Shelby Istre, a resident of Crowley, agreed.
“It had a festival feel, but more elegant,” she said. “There are so many stores on Main Street that I never knew existed.”
“We’ve already begun making plans for the next event, but we want to thank everyone who supported the first Art & Wine Stroll and helped to make it a success.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Crowley Main Street Program, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to help continue downtown historic preservation efforts, beautification projects and continue to bring the community free downtown events like Kid’s Day on Main and Christmas in Crowley.