Art, galleries and late shopping
By Deborrah Adams
The last Weekend Fling of 2010 will be all about art, artisans and getting that last minute shopping list checked off. On Third Friday, Yellow Springs will launch into the last minute shopping blitz with most shops staying open for special holiday shopping hours, many with specials and extra customer incentives including refreshments and entertainment, so there will be no excuse for stalling on those unfulfilled gift needs for your family and friends.
Of course the easily accessible and pedestrian-friendly holiday shopping available in Yellow Springs is an experience to carry you back to the tales of yesteryear. It might be a little off the beaten path, and away from the hustle and bustle, but shoppers will find there are no “big box” stores or impersonal crowds to navigate. Boasting dozens of shops including boutiques, galleries and artisan co-ops centrally located within a few blocks of each other on Xenia, Corry, and Dayton streets, Yellow Springs is an oasis for shoppers.
Starting off the evening, for the art lovers on your gift list or to satisfy your own inner artist, check out the gallery exhibitions as well as the artisan co-ops and shops.
At Sam & Eddies Open Books Gallery at 232 Xenia Ave., the Eckenrode Gallery’s ongoing exhibition of selected works by Edward Eckenrode will see the addition of two new never-before-seen works with a reception on Third Friday.
Local artist Paula Womacks has an encore exhibit at Would You, Could You In A Frame at 113 Corry St., which will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Womacks, who works with oil pastels, drawing and fabric arts, is especially known for her wool shawls for which she makes her own hand-felted wool fabrics.
Across the street, the Village Artisans Co-op will host an open house for their holiday gift gallery at 100 Corry St. from 6 to 9 p.m. The Village Artisans offer an assortment of decorative and wearable art items made by local artists.
If you’re looking for one-stop shopping, all the shops in King’s Yard will be open late, so stop by for everything from local, to vintage, to green. Across the street from King’s Yard, Dark Star Books at 237 B Xenia Ave. has announced an end-of-the-year sale on both used and new items that are sure to please the book lover on your list. These are just a few examples of the variety of shops to be found around town for your shopping pleasure.
Of course all that shopping is bound to be making you hungry. There are lots of dining choices around town from snacks to full-course dinners that can be found right on your way.
Current Cuisine, 237 Xenia Ave., will be open late on Third Friday and serving their famous Black Bean Nachos. Down the street there’s Ha-Ha Pizza at 108 Xenia Ave., Bentino’s Pizza at 107 Xenia Ave. and over on Dayton Street, there’s Chen’s Asian Bistro for those who prefer a light eastern menu. These are just a few of the many dining options available.
There will be live music on Third Friday starting at Emporium Wines at 233 Xenia Ave., with a wine tasting from 6:30 to 10 p.m., featuring eclectic acoustic music by Wildwater. The Underdog Café will be serving soups, sandwiches and salads.
Late night music and dining can be found at Peach’s and the Martini & Tapas Lounge. Peach’s Grill at 104 Xenia Ave, offers an eclectic variety of American food and at 10 p.m., there will be a live music show featuring Sparrow Bellows from Cincinnati. At the Sunrise Café’s Martini & Tapas Lounge at 259 Xenia Ave., there is late-night relaxing after that last minute shopping until 2:30 a.m.
Also, just for this month’s Third Friday Fling, if you’ve put off that last minute shopping because your regular sitter has a busy social life, the Yellow Springs Montessori School will be offering babysitting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Third Friday at First Presbyterian Church at 314 Xenia Ave. for a suggested donation of $10 per child. Reservations are requested, but not required. Call (937) 319-6148 for more information or reservations.
The Glen Helen Nature Shop at 405 Corry St. is another source for gifts for the nature-lover on your list. The shop is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. While you’re there, be sure to check out the nature photography of Wayne Heinfield on exhibit in the Glen Helen Atrium Gallery through January 6.
On a sad note, the ChamberPot Gallery in the Yellow Springs Station on the bike trail has closed after a four-year run. Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktoraglu are moving on to new innovative art projects so look for future announcements. In the meantime, the website www.sitekreator.com/ChamberPotGallery is still active and works of art posted can be purchased.
The Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery at 309 Xenia Ave., has suspended its monthly opening receptions for new exhibitions by featured artists until the spring, so look for the next announcement around March. However, the permanent collection remains on display and can be viewed during business hours.
Finally, if you have finished your shopping early, why not consider giving yourself a little reward by taking a 10-minute drive to visit the neighboring Clifton Mill Lights, Museum, and Miniature Village. The show is held nightly except holidays until the end of the year. Details are available at www.cliftonmill.com.
For more information about Third Weekend Fling and shops in Yellow Springs, check the chamber’s website at www.yellowspringsohio.org.