Abilene has a once a month evening where the downtown shops, museum and galleries (I think there’s about 5) stay open, the musicians take a corner each and craftsmen set up tables to sell their creations. It’s called Art Walk and it’s quite a unique time. It reminds me of a mini Fringe on Whyte Ave in Edmonton. I took the boys once, and that was enough for them. I went alone last time and the sun goes down quite quickly now, so it was dark by the time I got down there. It was a nice sweater-wearing warm night. The scene takes place within space of about 6 blocks, so it’s not a big thing. It brings a feeling of community and it’s amazing to see the talent. The sidewalks are crowded as people wander through the galleries, stop in for a coffee, sweets and the gift stores. A lady that had been at an art class earlier in the day that the boys and I went to stopped me just before I hopped in the car and wanted to chat; friendly type. She said that it’s a time when all the “different” people come out. It’s encouraging to see the younger folk doing one of the things they do best: bring energy, laughter and talent to the regular.
Anytime you come to visit, make sure you can include the 2nd Tues. of the month and we’ll hang out down there.