Streets alive!

Streets alive!

Local favorite event returns with a bang

By Katie Fender

Photo: Troy Streets Alive returns Friday, June 27 at 5 p.m. in downtown Troy; photo: Troy Main Street

Presented by Troy Main Street, the back-by-popular-demand event, Troy Streets Alive, returns to downtown Troy from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, June 27. In 2012, Troy Streets Alive made a successful debut, leaving a lasting impression on the citizens of Troy. After taking a year-long hiatus in the summer of 2013 due to other big events in downtown Troy, like The Gentlemen of the Road Tour, Troy Streets Alive is back to kick off the summer of 2014.

Over 50 businesses in the downtown Troy area will stay open late for attendees, entertaining them with events like special sidewalk performances, sidewalk sales and store promotions. The event will also include live music at several street locations and live art demonstrations by painters, potters and other craftsmen.

Event Coordinator for Troy Main Street, Andi Trzeciak, talked about how this anticipated event began. 

“It started it as Final Friday, but that name wasn’t really working,” Trzeciak said. “People saw the signs and thought places were going out of business. They tried a few different things and it finally morphed into Troy Streets Alive.”

Trzeciak explained, the birth of the event started with Troy Main Street’s Executive Director, Karin Manovich, who was inspired by Downtown Dayton’s Urban Nights. 

“We wanted to bring that vibe to Troy downtown so businesses would have a reason to stay open late and people would have a reason to come downtown on a Friday evening instead of things closing at a normal 5-6 p.m.,” Trzeciak sad. “We wanted to bring everyone downtown and have a huge community event for everyone.”  

In 2012, Manovich and Trzeciak’s ideas came to life, and Troy Streets Alive was a huge success. This year, they plan to continue that success and bring back the event with plenty of live entertainment. 

“There will be acoustic musicians and bands dispersed throughout downtown,” Trzeciak said. “The streets are not closed during Troy Streets Alive, so we’ll have the musicians dispersed throughout the town in front of different stores, so you might have an artist who’s painting in front of a store, then you might have a potter or a musician playing a guitar and that will be repeated throughout the downtown.”

According to Trzeciak, there might be some performers that locals and regular visitors may recognize.

“We do have some favorites, people who play at our farmers’ market every summer and people who play in our concert series, also,” Trzeciak said.

Art is another big attraction at Troy Streets alive. Whether attendees are interested in buying different pieces, watching live demonstrations, or are just there to take in the beauty of it, art will be displayed throughout the streets of downtown Troy.

“We do have artists that will actually be demonstrating, and then we will also have artists that will bring art to sell,” Trzeciak said. “We’ll have people selling all different kinds of crafts – painters, potters, we’ll have metal workers, so a lot of different people will be coming to display their art and some will actually demonstrate on site, so it’s pretty cool.” 

In addition to music and arts, attendees can enjoy the local food of downtown Troy, as restaurants will remain open for the visitors to enjoy the local food, as well as the other events of Troy Streets Alive.

“Our drive is really to get people into our restaurants so we have a lot of downtown restaurants who will be having specials,” Trzeciak said. “I want to say ten locally-owned restaurants – no chains, just local restaurants who will be providing food and specials, we will have a lot of different food specials indoors and then you can stroll outside for the arts and music and things like that.”

Trzeciak also explained one of the best parts of Troy Streets Alive is the kid- and family-friendly activities.

“We have the northwest section of our square centered around the fountain in Prouty Plaza and in there we have some people from the rec who are coming to do some demonstrations and games,” Trzeciak said. “The people at the rec will be set up and will do some games and fun stuff that is really family friendly.” 

With the stores in downtown Troy being at almost 100 percent occupancy, Trzeciak is confident attendees will not run out of things to do during Troy Streets Alive. 

“There is so much to see and do in Troy it’s like a hidden nugget, people are excited about it,” she said.

Although Troy Streets Alive took a short hiatus in 2013, fans of the event can rest easy knowing Troy Main Street wants to keep this event an annual tradition. Also, people can look forward to having other mini events like Troy Streets Alive to keep the community together in downtown Troy.

“I think this is an event we will hold every year, at least once a year in the summer,” Trzeciak said. “We’re going to also have more Fridays where we’ll have events where the stores open late, have sidewalk sales, it just won’t be as large of an event, this is kind of our kick off into summer.”

Troy streets alive returns on Friday, June 27 from 5-6 p.m. in downtown Troy.

Reach DCP freelance writer Katie Fender at KatieFender@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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