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C-Street kicks off fall with Alleyway Art Party, Chalk Walk, Swap Meet

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Cafe Cuscus on Commercial Street at night.

Cafe Cusco on Commercial Street at night.

Historic Commercial Street will kick off the fall season with a weekend of special events Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 – 17, beginning with an Alleyway Art Party and Dr. Tickle Memorial Sculpture unveiling 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, located in the alleyway between Boonville Avenue and Campbell Avenue.

The sculpture will memorialize Gary “Dr. Tickle” Waldrop, who died in 2011, with public art that will pay tribute to his contributions to the arts and historic restoration on Commercial Street. Waldrop was a visionary and pioneer who started a renaissance through his artwork, storytelling and historic renovation on Commercial Street.

The sculpture will be located in the Commercial Street Pedestrian Alley. In the same spirit as Waldrop worked in the community, the project includes several cooperating Springfield organizations, including the Commercial Club of Springfield, the Downtown Springfield Association, the C-Street Community Improvement District, Drury University, Springfield Regional Arts Council and the City of Springfield.

Along with fall produce at the C-Street City Market, two special events located along the sidewalks and parking lots of the district. The second annual Chalk Walk features local artists creating murals on sidewalks near the Market and in front of participating businesses to help raise awareness and funds for Harmony House. The first annual C-Street Swap Meet will take place in parking lots throughout the district. This event will encourage the community to “consciously and deliberately participate in the law of circulation.” Booth spaces are still available. For more information, please contact Mary Collette at 417-839-0119.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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