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Street Talk

In this week’s column there are two events coming up to mark on your soon to be cooler weather calendar and one downtown milestone to make note of.

Saturday September 22 is the “I’m So Water Valley” block party at Baker Street Park. Starting at noon and going to 11 at night, this is a ticketed party. Look for the information in this paper on page 3 to see how to get tickets.. This is only the third annual one. I was at the first one and then still an architect student, but a practiced hand at drawing, Whitney White painted the back of my head. 

That’s right I said back, as I am personally graced with a genetically supplied clean cranium, a shiny scalp. It is canvas that face painters dream about, way more art surface than your average hairy type. But there is more to this party than face painting. Not only is it at the Baker Street Park, which is a lovely space with plenty of tall trees proving a dappled canopy of shade, but it is also a fun atmosphere. The “I’m So Water Valley” fest is a full day fun event of music and food and friends. It is worth coming early or late or staying the whole time.

Saturday, October 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. is the “Art Crawl”. The official name is the Downtown Studio Art Crawl and this year is the 10th one. Organized by the Water Valley Arts Council, the crawl is very popular event and has remained true to original idea of letting folks in the homes and working art studios of Valley artists.  This year there will be at least 18 crawl stops with over 30 local artists exhibiting. Half of those locations will be working studios. The rest a mixture of galleries and exhibit spaces. The after party this year is at Bozarts Gallery.

A notable milestone that was earlier this month was the 20th anniversary of El Charrito Restaurant being in business in Water Valley’s downtown. It is worth noting that El Charrito is open every day. 

Twenty years in the restaurant business seems longer if you are open seven days a week. It must have been a large leap of faith those 20 years ago to open a place here, just think it was then illegal to have a cerveza with your chips and dip. The Charrito crew has continued to believe in the Valley. 

A few years ago they invested money and sweat equity in a huge renovation of the old NAPA building and moving from their Railroad Avenue location to be on South Main Street.  It was a magical transformation, making that rough, irregular shaped building in to a really fun dining space. Next time you are there, and if you are like me that will be soon, tell them congratulations on the first 20 years.

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