Downtown Crawfordsville will be full of holiday cheer Saturday with all the activities surrounding the annual Downtown Party Night.
The event, sponsored by Crawfordsville Main Street, takes place 6-11 p.m. and also celebrates National Small Business Saturday. Many of the downtown stores will offer specials and refreshments.
Forty-seven businesses, from restaurants, art galleries and specialty shops, will participate in this year’s event.
Sue Lucas of Crawfordsville Main Street said the event is a good opportunity to see what is new downtown.
“I am not sure everyone knows about all the new businesses we have downtown,” Lucas said. “Party Night is a wonderful time to meet the new business owners and also re-visit our merchants who have been faithfully downtown for many years.”
Shoppers will get to visit the newest downtown food service business. Valentino’s on East Main Street will offer authentic Italian foods for carry-out during the party. The Valentino family came to Montgomery County a few years ago from Italy. They operate a vegetable farm on U.S. 136 West. They have sold Italian food as part of the Farmers’ Market, but now are ready to open a downtown store front.
A Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the courthouse will kick off the event. Davis Photography will offer photos with Santa from 6-9 p.m. Tymeless Clydesdales and Carriage Co. will offer carriage rides around downtown from 6-10 p.m. Several holiday artists and crafters will display their wares in downtown storefronts.
Party-goers will have the opportunity to hear the Vanity Singers perform holiday music at the Vanity Theater. Performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Special guests will be Director John Blair’s singing group Rising Stars who are singing in front of 100,000 people, and a live television audience, at Friday’s Circle of Lights Celebration in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets for the shows are $5 and can be purchased at www.sugarcreekplayers.org or by phone at 765-362-7707. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door before Saturday’s performances.
Small Business Saturday is recognized as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States.
“The vast majority of Indiana Business Association members are small business owners or employees of small businesses,” said IBA President Linda Rogers. “Small businesses build a strong economy and strong communities.”
IBA recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses, the jobs they help create and the culture they instill in local communities.
“Shopping at small businesses can help keep the money you spend in the place you call home,” Rogers said.
Downtown Main Street’s Deanna Durrett said combining the Christmas event and small businesses is the perfect mix for her organization.
“Downtown Party Night is exactly what Main Street is all about,” Durrett said. “We work on making our downtown appealing and vibrant. We want people to enjoy being here. This is a good family event and it is good for the merchants.”
Lucas said attendees can see what the future holds for downtown Crawfordsville.
“We want to celebrate community and small businesses,” Lucas said. “People can also see a glimpse of the future of what we want our downtown to be and where we are going.