Donations keep Whimsy, farmers' market going

June 16, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

The people have made Whimsy in Weisiger possible.

Donations will ensure that the nine-week summer concert series, farmers' market and art market continue. The event's organizer, Heart of Danville, was unable to pay for it after the city cut its funding to $20,000, half of what it got for the last budget year.

The county cut its share of the Heart's funding by 56 percent to $2,500.

Locals have put up the money for all but three of the nine-week concert series. Each costs $500 that just covers the band's fees but not any advertising or signs.

Heart Executive Director Julie Wagner is still looking for sponsorship of the last three concerts. The first two will be paid for by Danville because they fall in this budget year; after July, the series will be on its own.


Greenline Implements has put up the money for the farmer's market. The bill for insurance on the parking lot diagonal to Weisiger Park was too much for the Heart to foot.

The community's support once again has made Danville an example to other Main Street programs in the state, said Roger Stapleton, the Kentucky Main Street state coordinator.

Other programs have had cuts to their government funding as cities and counties deal with budget shortfalls, Stapleton said, but none as severe as Danville.

Without government funds, the program continues. It shows that the Heart didn't rely solely on one source, something the state urges all programs to do, Stapleton said.

The Arts Commission will sponsor all three local bands: Keith Hubbard Trio, July 8; Little South, Aug. 5 and After Six, Aug. 12.

Ann Nichols, the organization's executive director, said that music is art, and the bands will draw people to the visual artists who will be set up downtown this year during the concerts.

"We don't have a lot of revenue, so when we support something like this, it shows that we really feel like it will be a benefit to the community," Nichols said.

The arts market is open to any local artist or member of the Arts Commission.

The Heart board has decided that it can keep its doors open for six months but will need community donations.

All of the events, customarily organized by the Heart, will be canceled unless private sponsors can be found. That includes the Front Porch Tour, Christmas parade and Cruise-In.

The Schedule

Thursday: Billyblues

June 24: Lexington Avenue Gospel Quartet and First Baptist Church Men’s Choir

July 1: G. Busy & Blues Revue

July 8: Keith Hubbard Trio

July 15: Shane White jam night

July 29: The Swells

Aug. 5: Little South

Aug. 12: After Six

Aug. 19: Ceol Criohe

The free concerts run 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Weisger Park in front of the courthouse.

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