The event, titled Mount Vernon After Dark, will offer Uptown apartment tours that feature the food of eight local restaurants and the creative work of several local artists and musicians. Mount Vernon After Dark will include food and wine and other beverages from several eateries including Big Creek Market, Chameleon’s, El Sol, Fuel, Gary’s Foods, Lincoln Café and Wine Bar, Mount Vernon Confections, Perfect Blend, Pizza Palace, Skillet Café and Video Village.
New this year will be four Uptown residences, not included on last year’s tour, as well as four from last year’s tour, and a lighting sculpture and installation on the site of the former Mount Vernon Fire Station, 217 First St. NW, created by artist, lighting designer and Mount Vernon resident Stan Crocker. Sauter-Baty Associates, 113 First St. NW, will once again serve as the official wine tasting and Silent Auction stop on the tour. And all on the tour will experience the best in art and music that Mount Vernon has to offer.
“The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group oversees dozens of events and community-betterment projects to raise awareness and enhance our quality of life,” said committee chair Gretchen Lindenbolt. “This is an opportunity for all of us who live, work and visit this community to give back. We’re hoping everyone will come to take part in celebrating our local architecture, history and culture.”
Cost of the tour is $20 per person, and tickets can be purchased in advance by cash or check through the Mount Vernon Visitor Center, 311 First St. NW, or through Mount Vernon Bank & Trust, 206 First St. SW, Mount Vernon. Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands at the former Fire Station, 217 First St. NW, Mount Vernon, as early as 6 p.m. on the day of the event. Tickets are limited. If interested in purchasing presale tickets, please contact Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935 at the Mount Vernon Visitor Center, or Sonia Redmond at (319) 895-8835 at Mount Vernon Bank and Trust Co.
Stops on the tour include:
- 111 First St. NE (behind Kluver Chiropractic)
- 103 First St. NE (above Fuel)
- 101 First St. NE (above Skillet Cafe)
- 113 First St. NW (Sauter-Baty Associates Conference Room)
- 125 First St. SW (above Lincoln Wine Bar
- 217 First St. NW (in front of the Old Fire Station)
- 223 First St. NW (Ben & Flo’s)
- 124 First St. SW (above Bauman’s)
- 104 First St. SW (above Hands in Harmony)
- 202 First St. SE (house across from Polly Ann’s Antiques)
Each house or apartment will be paired with a restaurant or local caterer. In addition to seeing the interior of the local apartments, guests also will be introduced to the work of local artists and musicians. Final list of venues, restaurants, artists and musicians is subject to change.
Please Note: The tour is not handicapped accessible and visitors will need to be aware of several staircases along the route.