ArtWalk Draws Crowds Despite Heat, Humidity

July 17, 2013

High humidity and temperatures rising to the mid-90s didn’t deter the people who flocked to Main Street in downtown Elkhart for this year’s second ArtWalk event Wednesday, July 17.

Many moved quickly from storefront to storefront, ducking into the air-conditioned buildings to enjoy the work of 20 local artists and maybe lingering a little longer than usual before venturing back out into the heat.

A heat advisory was to go into effect Thursday and continues Friday in Elkhart County.

At Civic Plaza, musicians performed under the hot sun and students from That’s Dancing danced next to the stage. The dancers took frequent breaks under a nearby tent to escape the sun and sip water.

“I wish it would start snowing!” one girl exclaimed during a water break.

The theme for Wednesday’s event was “Dancing in the Street,” and musicians and dancers were stationed along Main Street and in Civic Plaza.

At 8 p.m., The Summer Dance Elkhart series kicked off at Civic Plaza with live music provided by the Whistle Pigs Dance Band and dance demonstrations by That’s Dancing.

It was the first of several Summer Dance events planned for the summer. The next will be held on Friday, Aug. 18.

Mike Huber, president of Downtown Elkhart, said he was not concerned about people staying away because of the weather.

“Last year we had one (ArtWalk event) with temperatures this high and still had a great turnout,” Huber said.

The best place to find relief from the heat was in the lobby of the Lerner Theater, Huber said.

“The Lerner lobby is very cool,” he said. “We’re encouraging people to go sit in their to cool off and participate in the SoMa survey.”

Results from the SoMa survey conducted at the May ArtWalk event were also displayed in the lobby.