Friday July 11 & Saturday July 12 2014

Lime short sleeve t closeArt and Fireworks Festivals Merge

Hoyt Center for the Arts has partnered with the Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency to merge the former New Castle Arts Fest with the annual Fireworks Festival, July 11-12 this year.  The joint venture, “New Castle Fireworks Festival featuring Arts on the Riverwalk”, will span the distance between the Riverplex and Kennedy Square on East Washington Street, and will feature an artist’s market, local arts competition, window galleries and street arts in addition to the traditional entertainment, food vendors and fireworks displays. “Merging allows us to share resources and capitalize on the capacity of festivals to boost the local economy“, says Kimberly Koller-Jones, Hoyt’s Executive Director.  “Relocating to the city’s main thoroughfare allows us to integrate the city’s history, architecture and rivers into the festivities.” Permission is currently being sought from property owners to use vacant windows as temporary art galleries.  The Hoyt is mapping a route for street performers and planning an “Anything that Floats” sculpture competition for all ages.  Chalk on the Walk competitions, light shows and other new surprises will compliment the energy of the Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency. “Arts will be the catalyst to meld our ethnic diversity, entertainment, and fireworks into a bigger and better festival”, commented Janet Falotico, incoming Executive Director of Lawrence County Tourism. “We hope to perpetuate more awareness of our beautiful downtown and the growth we anticipate in the future.” The Hoyt is currently accepting applications for the Artists Market and street performers.  Applications can be found at or by calling 724.658.2882. A special event is being held April 5 at The Riverplex to raise funds for the expansion effort.  The Double Brew will feature micro-brewed beer and coffee, highlighting the crafts of Voo Doo Brewing and Two Rivers Artisan Coffee Works.  Brew-infused finger foods, a silent auction, cigar patio, working artists, and music add to the experience. Tickets are available at the Hoyt, TPA office and Two Rivers for $35 and include a souvenir mug.