Your Thursdays Just Got Way More Fun with Art Loop Toledo!
Oh me, oh my: the Glass City is good! If you don’t believe me, believe Patty she even named her new blog after it – Glass City Goodness. This past Thursday was a cheers to new friends and new experiences in Toledo. Every third Thursday of the month you will find hundreds of people exploring the streets of downtown Toledo, supporting local businesses, enjoying local food, and most of all supporting the local art community; it’s called Art Loop Toledo.
While events occur every third Thursday year-round, a beautiful 70 degree spring evening was a perfect reason for Patty and I to check out the Loop. By 5:30p the streets were set up with vendors and musicians, and the busses were rolling. For a $1.25 you can ride the Tarta “Loop” that includes unlimited rides between Art Loop stops. Whether you are looking for a new way to enjoy cocktail hour/thirsty Thursday/happy hour, you are looking for family fun, or you are looking for a night out in downtown there is certainly something for everyone.
For your evening, Patty and I were going more for the on-foot experience. We met up at Gathered Glassblowing Studios as the artists were just getting warmed up and the band was playing its first song on the sidewalk outside. I love seeing the practical use work and fun, whimsical pieces at Gathered. Next we strolled over to Hensville to check out Nine and the open rooftop, perfect for this lovely spring evening. First, we took time to experience the paintings on the first floor by Richard Reed and sculptures by Jan Thomas. The Nine rooftop has a great view of the MudHens Stadium and the modern jazz being played by Talking Ear made you want to sit up there and sip a glass of wine all evening.
With more to see, we left Hensville and made our way uptown a few blocks to the Paula Brown Shop Pub, featuring the Rhythm and Blues stylings of John T. Adams as well as a timeless photo gallery by the same. Paula Brown appeared to be the place of the evening, with a packed house inside and a full patio, guests were enjoying the drinks, the music, and the Nogdog food cart. As more people poured in, we decided to make our way over to Boochy Mamas’ new home around the corner on 10th. The new location had greatly evolved since the last time I was in before the grand opening! The hopeful shop-dog-to-be and her owner set us up with some Kombucha and we made our way through the rest of the building to view the local art.
Our evening flew by! We only made it to a fraction of the event stops such as Bleak House Coffee, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Glass City Cafe, or Ye Olde Durty Bird to name a few (for full events click here). I say this is all the more reason to go again! It was lovely to walk around downtown, but I also look forward to stopping at just a place or two and lingering for the evening. With so much food and entertainment there is so much to see and do. The artist’s love having the traffic to show their hard work and talents, talk about their pieces, and share their passion. On my way back to my car I took a few minutes to appreciate the lovely glass work by Strancar Studios.
If you haven’t yet, or you go every month I encourage you to check out Art Loop Toledo happening the third Thursday of every month in Downtown Toledo. Also, check out Glass City Goodness, there is so much to love in Toledo and her blog shares the multifaceted life Patty is making through her life in Toledo. Enjoy food. Enjoy music. Enjoy art, friends, family, and fun. Enjoy Toledo.