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  • Enjoy art and wine downtown Saturday

  • Although the summer heat is expected to return to Eastern Jackson County in full force this weekend, an event in downtown Blue Springs is aiming to show the community what the area has to offer in a fun and relaxing way.

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  • Although the summer heat is expected to return to Eastern Jackson County in full force this weekend, an event in downtown Blue Springs is aiming to show the community what the area has to offer in a fun and relaxing way.
    The Corks and Canvas Art and Wine Walk is from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Blue Springs. The event is made possible through the support of Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, Christine’s Salon at 7 and Main, Memories on Main Street Tea Room and Café, Print Graphics, Billups and Snyder Associates Insurance Agency, America’s Community Bank, Foster Dental Care and DataPros. This is the third year for the art and wine event.
    “What we want to do is draw attention to downtown and give people and opportunity to see the businesses and discover what is going on,” said Christine Smailys, chair of the Corks and Canvas event. “A lot of people don’t know what is going on in downtown, and it is an important part of our city. This event will is just about awareness to get people down here to see what is going on for themselves.”
    The event will feature more than 15 local artisans and multiple wineries from the area. The event is free and open to the public. Wine samples will be available for those who are at least 21 years old. In addition to the artists and wineries, there will also be some food vendors. Businesses in downtown Blue Springs will be open, so that attendees can explore the various merchants.
    “Last year, we had more than 600 people come to the event, so it is a huge draw each year,” Smailys said. “I think what I enjoy most is seeing the people down there and watching when their eyes open to what we do have.”
    For more information about the Corks and Canvas Art and Wine Walk, call Kim Nakahodo at 816-655-0497.
     

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