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The Parkersburg Art Center sold out all 350 advance tickets for its second annual Tastes and Tunes event on Saturday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — People from Ohio’s Central Valley packed the 700 block of Market Street Saturday night to enjoy music, food and drink at the Parkersburg Art Center’s second annual Tastes and Tunes event.

“It embodies what we want people to feel in the art center,” said Jessie Siefert, executive/educational director of the center. “It’s friendly. It’s laid back.

The event was introduced last year as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in order to gather again and share space with the community, she said.

It is also a major fundraiser for the Art Center, which exhibits the work of artists from across the region and beyond and provides art training for people of all ages.

“It allows us to do everything we do” said Lyndsay Dennis, Events and Membership Manager.

The Sour Mash String Band performs Saturday at the Parkersburg Art Center’s Tastes and Tunes event on Market Street. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The center sold out all 350 tickets leading up to the event, but a few more people were welcomed on Saturday to enjoy the musical styles of the Sour Mash String Band, which was such a hit with attendees in 2021 that they were invited back. This year.

Food was provided by Valley Catering at several art center stations to reduce queues. Wines from Wine Down on Market and beers from the Parkersburg Brewing Company were among the drinks for sale.

“I love bluegrass music and good food, so – hey, hey – two good things go together”, said Harrisville resident Connie Nichols, who was attending for the first time.

Vienna resident Chris Mancuso enjoyed the first Tastes and Tunes so much that he returned this year with some college friends.

“It’s just a big event. It’s great to be outside and enjoy good music,” he said.

Jessie Siefert, executive/educational director of the Parkersburg Art Center, left, sells tickets to a guest Saturday at the Tastes and Tunes event on Market Street in Parkersburg. Tickets allowed attendees to buy wine and beer and play games to win prizes. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The event was supported by volunteers like Maria El-Bataineh and Will Richmond, neighbors who live downtown.

“I love downtown. I grew up downtown and I’m really happy to see it come back to life. said El-Bataineh.

Evan Bevins can be reached at [email protected]

Huntington resident Ciana Crawford, right, slowly pulls a block off an oversized Jenga tower as her fiancé Luke Hardy, center, and friend Chris Mancuso from Vienna watch on Saturday at the Tastes and Tunes event in the block 700 Market Street in Parkersburg. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Guests sample the taste portion of the Tastes and Tunes event on Saturday at the Parkersburg Art Center. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The Parkersburg Art Center sold out all 350 advance tickets for its second annual Tastes and Tunes event on Saturday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)




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